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Book: The Popcorn Book
Author and Illustrator: Tomie DePaola
Publisher: Holiday House Inc., reprinted in 1989
ISBN-13: 9780823403141 (hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0823403149 (hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780823405336 (paperback)
ISBN-10: 0823405338 (paperback)
Related website: http://www.tomie.com/
Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)
Reading level: Ages 3-7
Rating: 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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DePaola, Tomie. The Popcorn Book (published in 1988 and reprinted in 1989 by Holiday House Inc.). Thomas Anthony “Tomie A.” dePaola (born in 1934) is an American author and illustrator of over 200 children’s books for over forty years, including Caldecott Honor book Strega Nona and Newbery Honor book 26 Fairmount Avenue. Born in Meriden, CT, to a family of Irish and Italian heritage, DePaola was attracted to art at an early age. After high school, he attended art school at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and graduated in 1956 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Beginning in 1962, he taught art at several different colleges in New York, California, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire but retired from full-time teaching in 1978 to devote his time to writing and illustrating books. His first illustrated book was the 1965 science book, Sound.
Other awards include a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor in 1982 for The Friendly Beasts: An Old English Christmas Card; the Golden Kite Award in 1982 for Giorgio’s Village; the Aesop Award in 1994 for Christopher, the Holy Giant; the Golden Kite Award in 1987 for What the Mailman Brought; and the 2000 Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association for Night of Las Posadas. We think that DePaola has produced a large number of very fine picture books for small children with interesting illustrations. The Popcorn Book contains some interesting popcorn stories and fanciful legends as well as two original recipes that accompany factual explanations of popcorn’s origins and manufacture. It provides a fascinating explanation for youngsters of why popcorn pops. The book ends with a pop! Pop! POP! And the unwitting creation of a popcorn blizzard.