Tomie dePaola (www.tomie.com) is the acclaimed author and/or illustrator of more than 200 books for children. He has received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, a Newbery Honor for 26 Fairmount Avenue and a Caldecott Honor for Strega Nona. He was awarded the Smithson Medal, the Regina Medal, was designated a "living treasure" by the state of New Hampshire, and received the 2012 Original Art Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Society of Illustrators. He lives in New London, New Hampshire.
PreS-- Rightfully spare, this board book introduces very young children to the barest of Halloween traditions: carving jack-o'-lanterns, making black cats, putting on costumes, trick-or-treating, and returning home to a Halloween party. Full-color paintings feature a Caucasian family of six, each child sporting either the mother's straight red hair or the father's curly dark locks; the party guests are multiracial. The book is perfect for toddler story times, and patrons will snap it up. --Jacqueline Elsner, Athens Regional Library, GA