HomeBooks by AgeAges 0-3Brava, Strega Nona! A Heartwarming Pop-Up Book, by Tomie dePaola | Book Review

Brava, Strega Nona! A Heartwarming Pop-Up Book, by Tomie dePaola | Book Review

Brava, Strega Nona! A Heartwarming Pop-Up BookBrava, Strega Nona! A Heartwarming Pop-Up Book

by Tomie dePaola (Author/Illustrator), Robert Sabuda (Illustrator), Matthew Reinhart (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 1 and up

Hardcover: 12 pages

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile; Pop edition (October 30, 2008)

Reveiw: A superb, paper extravaganza! Strega Nona literally POPS from the page, sharing messages of family, patience and eating together. Tomie collaborated with Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart for 4 years to make this soulful book into the masterpiece that it is. There are windows and doors that open, spaghetti that flows from the page, and a fountain that spins. Each page offers a delightful experience that both kids and adults will enjoy. A great choice for a gift book. If you don’t believe me, take it from the editors of the magazine Real Simple. They have featured Brava, Strega Nona! in their cover story, 50 Fabulous Gifts Under $50. This is what they had to say:

“There’s nothing sleepy about this new version of Tomie dePaola’s classic bedtime story, thanks to all the tabs and doors to pull and open.”

Links: Tomie dePaola’s website and blog.

Matthew Reinhart’s website and blog.

Robert Sabuda’s website and blog.

Other Blog Reviews: An Enchanted Cottage

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Special Note: Tree Top Kids – independant book stores located in MD, VA, DC and IL – have quite a few copies signed by Tomie dePaola. Call them (202.244.3500), I am sure they would ship one right to you. You might just find that it’s me that answers the phone!

Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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