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Five Questions for Tomie dePaola


At last! I have loved Tomie‘s books since being a children’s librarian (even thirty years ago, he seemed to have picture books about everything), and we’ve worked together on some articles and two Horn Book covers, but we had never met. He looks like he drew himself. And a man of firm opinions: his favorite own book? Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs. Favorite fellow Wilder winner? Ashley Bryan. Digital future? Picture books will never go away. And–in another self-interested question–he said he’d love to illustrate a book of opera plots, and with his editor Nancy Paulsen sitting in the front row, I told him I wanted to write it. Tomie’s old friend Barbara Elleman introduces him here.

Great to finally meet you, Tomie!

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. >Tomie dePaola is a favorite and a treasure for the children's book world. Great post!

  2. Helen Frost says:

    >"He looks like he drew himself." Perfect.

  3. >I think he is quite a character, I am intending to write about him soon on my blog.

  4. >Can't wait for the book on opera plots!

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