In my pantheon, Tomie dePaola is the top of the heap.
Strega Nona was my first book report. Met him from afar in first grade (a young author's conference...which were so much fun)...it was the first time I ever even thought that drawing could be a job. I've been hooked ever since.
My daughter is just as bad. This is her at preschool dressed as Strega Nona for Halloween <the year before she was Ian Falconer's Olivia, the year after, Lauren Child's Lola....all her own choices....because she is awesome>.
It only seemed right that this prompt was a dePaola tribute piece. This is my love letter. Thank you Mr. dePaola.