Renowned author Tomie DePaola charms fans with this beginner chapter book series recounting his childhood in Connecticut in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s. Readers become intimate friends of the DePaola family as they build a house on Fairmount Avenue and Tomie begins kindergarten. DePaola shares the secret behind the spelling of his name and his dreams of stardom.

It will come as no surprise that Tomie was frustrated at having to wait until first grade to learn to read and that he was always a talented illustrator. DePaola recounts his memories from the perspective of a grade school boy with delightful wit. Visits with Nana Upstairs, a bout with the chickenpox, the death of a cousin in World War II and other challenges and fears of “the duration” are all explained in the voice of a 6-7 year old, but always with delicacy.

A perfect reading level for emerging readers, parents themselves will enjoy this account of strong faith and family life as they guide children through this worthwhile and realistic series.

A former teacher, Jennifer Minicus is currently a full-time wife and mother.


Jennifer Minicus

Jennifer Minicus lives in New Jersey with her husband and son. A former French, Latin and mathematics teacher, Jennifer currently enjoys the responsibilities of a "domestic engineer", particularly making...