Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tomie met the Pierce girls (Left to Right: Rachel, Ashley, Megan) at the 2011 Book Author Luncheon sponsored by the Greater Meriden (Connecticut) Branch of the American Association of University Women on Saturday, March 29, 2011. The Pierce family is from Indiana.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
I downloaded the free program, and my life was transformed.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
They once lived in the greater New London, New Hampshire, area. COUNTRY ANGEL CHRISTMAS is dedicated to them.
Martha has her own website...
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Q: Our school has a theme every year and this year we are farmers. We are wondering if the barn that you work in is located on a farm?
A: It was on a farm many years ago. The barn is now parallel to a street on one side and next to my house on the other side.
Q: Did you really call your grandmothers "Nana Upstairs" and "Nana Downstairs?"
A: I called my Irish grandmother Nana Downstairs and I called my Irish great-grandmother Nana Upstairs?
Q: What were their real names?
A: Mary Alice Downey was Nana Downstairs. Honorah O'Rourke Mock was Nana Upstairs. You can see their photographs in Barbara Elleman's book, TOMIE DEPAOLA, HIS ART & HIS STORIES. www.tomie.com/resources/books.html
Q: Did you really tie yourself in a chair like your Nana?
Q: Do you have any siblings?
A: Joseph, Jr., Maureen and Judie.
Q: Is the Tommy in your stories always supposed to be you?
Jenna: My teacher, Mrs. Pearson, has been reading the 26 Fairmont Avenue series to us. I like them a lot. I am suripised that your autobiographies are true. I felt like you were right in my classroom at Warrens Elementary in Wisconsin.
Tomie: Thank you, Jenna. Autobiographies, by definition, are true stories.
Many students: Is Buddy still mean to you?
Tomie: My brother and I never got along very well while he lived. He died many years ago.
Yehan: We know that bulling is a bad thing to do. You were such a good boy when the boys were bulling you. Because you didn't bully back. I know you tried your best. We know that the tree kinds of bulling are hiting, calling names, and leaving other out.
Tori: I fell so good about your book and the most part that help me in real life about how to dell with bolles and before I thoth that the book was bad but as thay thay say dot gog a book by its cover.
O.G.: When I red your story I did not understand why people called you a sissy. Being diffrent is a good thing not bad. I wonder why people keep calling you a sissy when you're so brave and confident and persaverent.
Sara: I like your book, and I like when you ignor the bully's. and I love your book. and you are a good studinte to Miss Leah. and you are so nice to Ms. Leah your dance teacher and she is nice to you to.
Marcela: I want that you come to Honduras because is a very good. But is no snow in Honduras and you don't need a sweater.
Tomie: Since it's snowing RIGHT NOW in New London, New Hampshire, I wish I was in Honduras RIGHT NOW with no snow and without a sweater.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Tomie: Thank you!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Q: What type of bears go out in the rain?
A: Drizzly bears.
Q: What do you call Batman and Robin getting smashed?
A: Flatman and Ribon.
Q: Why didn't the two fours want dinner?
A: Because they already eight.
Q: Where did cows hang their paintings?
A: In the moo-seum.
Q: What is a vampire's favorite fruit?
Q: Why did the cookie go to the doctor?
A: Because he was feeling crummy.
Q: Why is it so hot in a stadium after a football game?
A: Because all the fans have left.
Tomie: Ha! Ha! Ha!
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Q: Why is Nana Upstairs Nana Downstairs your favorite book?
A: NANA UPSTAIRS & NANA DOWNSTAIRS is my favorite book of my own books. It was the first time I had written a story about my own life.
Q: We read that you love cats. Why did you get rid of them?
A: I developed allergies to cats.
Q: Are you going to write another book?
A: I'm always working on a new book project. STREGA NONA'S GIFT will be published in October. I'm now working on THE BIRDS OF BETHLEHEM for Fall, 2012.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Tomie: Thank you for the lovely note.
Matt: What book are you working on?
Tomie: THE BIRDS OF BETHLEHEM.
Abigail: I love your book Oliver Button Is a Sissy. Did you really tap dance?
Connor: We have a ant farm. How old is your wife?
Tomie: I'm not married, and I don't have a wife.
Maggie: We are your biggest fans not lyeing. How old are you make shore you tell us.
Tomie: I am 76 years old.
Laura: Why do you righte your name with a lower cace d and a capable P?
Tomie: That's just how my name is spelled. I know a lot of people whose last names begin with a lowercase letter.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Tomie: I'm glad that you enjoyed making up a story for PANCAKES FOR BREAKFAST. Bye-bye.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Christopher: Do you still like to tap dance and do you still want to be a movie star like Shirley Temple?
Tomie: I no longer tap dance, and I no longer hope to be a movie star like Shirley Temple.
Shane: Why in your book Stagestruck you call yourself Mopsy and in your chapter book Here We All Are you call yourself flopsy?
Tomie: I made a mistake.
Q: Did Uncle Charles ever marry his girlfriend, Viva?
Q: When did you first start writing 26 Fairmount Avenue?
A: I started thinking about it and writing it in 1997. It was published in 1999.
Q:Who is going to take over Tom and Nana's shop?
A: It is now closed.
Q: Who took over your dad's barbor shop?
A: It is now closed.
Nikolas: Did you ever play with Shirley Temple?
Tomie: No. I wish I had played with her.
Liam: Your books are a "inspiration to my imagination."
Tomie: Thank you.
Aidan: Did you ever take a picture with Mae West?
Tomie: No. That would have been an awesome picture!
Quinn: Did you run for presedent?
Tomie: No. Would you vote for me if I ran for president?
Monday, April 11, 2011
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Sunday, April 10, 2011
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Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Kelly: What part of your family is Italian? Do you know how to speak Italian? Are the people in your stories real?
Tomie: My father was Italian. I can speak some words in Italian, but I'm not fluent. The people in my autobiographical books are real. You can learn which books are autobiographical by looking at the answer to the question "Are some of your books true" on this website page...www.tomie.com/about_tomie/faq.html
Tomie: I also believe Strega Nona cares for Big Anthony. As to Strega Nona's age, she is ageless. You can learn more about how I created STREGA NONA by following this link...www.tomie.com/books/spotlight_on_strega.html
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Alexander: Your books are fine but you need to write more grown-up words. Grown-up words are important you know? First graders know lots of grown-up words. Why are your grown-up words so grown-up? Can you you write more grown-up? All of your books are challenging.
Tomie: When I was a little boy we didn't know as many grown-up words as children know today. I wrote the "26 Fairmount Avenue" books using the words I knew as a child. You might want to try reading CHRISTMAS REMEMBERED. It has a lot of grown-up words in it.
Sami: Do you have any grandchildren?
Tomie: I don't have any grandchildren or children.
Michael: I can't believe that your still writing books when your 77 years old!
Tomie: Hey, I'm only 76 years, 7 months old!
Sara: I am wondering if you've ever been to Africa. If not you can come to Africa for a safari and write a book called STREGA NONA'S SAFARI. It could be about Big Antony getting a job as a ranger and Strega Nona could visit him with Bambolona. Big Anthony could run into a lion and the lion starts chasing them, but Strega Nona has an idea to turn the lion into a mouse. Then they would all be safe.
Tomie: I've never been to Africa. Thanks for the story idea.