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Tom dePaola’s classic illustrations accompany his heartwarming story about his relationship with his grandfather as a small boy.
“A delightfully offbeat vignette of boyish mischief reinforcing the bond between generations.”—Kirkus Reviews
“DePaola champions the special relationship he had with grandfather. . . . Youngsters will bask in the delicious conspiracy between grandfather and grandson. . . . This book is a treasure.”—Booklist
“With gentle humor and his usual master of line and composition, dePaola conveys the strong bond of affection between Tom and little Tommy, from the photo-album snapshot of the proud grandfather holding a baby on the title page to the big hug of the mischief-makers that ends the book.”—Horn Book
“Touches of old-world humor add sparkle to the tale.”—Publishers Weekly 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698114487
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 06/16/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 246,263
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934, to a family of Irish and Italian background. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California. 

His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal for his "continued distinguished contribution," and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion. He was also the 1990 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration, and received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for lifetime contribution to children's literature in 2011.

DePaola has published almost 200 children's books in 15 different countries over the past 30 years. Among his most well-known titles are the Strega Nona series, 26 Fairmount Avenue, and The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush.

DePaola lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his four dogs. His studio is in a large renovated 200-year-old barn.


Connecticut and New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1935

Place of Birth:

Meriden, CT

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Tom 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
jckeen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent book by one of the greatest children's authors. Tom is a funny story about Tomie dePaola's Irish grandfather, Tom. They share a special relationship, their names, and a love for mischief. This is a great book for students to make connections.
kirkonly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tom is a great book about a boy named Tommy and his grandpa Tom. They are best friends and are together every weekend. Tommy helps his grandpa and grandma at their grocery store and one day Tom (his grandpa) shows Tommy a trick and he loves it. When Tommy shows this trick to everyone at school they are not impressed and Tommy runs into some trouble. A great book that shows the value of family and TRUE friendshipAs a student I loved this book. I am very close with my grandfather and this book only reminds me of the great times that we have had and have together. The illustrations were not high quality, but I didn¿t use them very much. I like the problem of the story, because it is something that has happened with my grandpa and me (not the same thing though).As a teacher I could use this book in class by asking my student who their best friend is, and then ask them why. We could brain storm as a class about what makes a best friend, why we want a best friend, do we need at best friend, etc. I like this book a lot it really hit home.