It seems like yesterday we were circled up on the magic carpet with our fellow kindergartners as our teacher turned the pages of a Tomie dePaola book. The beloved childrens author/illustrator has created more than 200 stories in his 40-year career and garnered awards such as the Caldecott Honor Award and the Newbery Honor Award. His latest release, Brava, Strega Nona! A Heartwarming Pop-up Book, brings back Grandma Nona, this time with a twist. The New York Times-best-selling team of Sabuda and Reinhart have used their pop-up engineering skills to create six pop-up pages, with doors, shutters and lots of other lift-the-flap tabs to open. Brava, Strega Nona! promises to be a treasure for a new generation of dePaola readers.
Hear dePaola read from his latest opus and get his John Hancock on a copy of your own at 10:30 a.m. today. Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial Drive. For information, call 281-497-8675 or visit www.bluewillowbookshop.com. Free.
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Tomie dePaola will also sign books at 4 p.m. at the Childrens Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz. For information, call 713-523-0701 or visit www.brazosbookstore.com. Admission includes two tickets and a copy of Brava, Strega Nona! A Heartwarming Pop-up Book. (No museum member discounts.) $29.99.
Fri., Nov. 21, 4 p.m., 2008