Posted on March 31, 2020 at 10:09 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We were saddened to hear last night that Tomie dePaola, a beloved children’s writer and illustrator, had passed away.

DePaola, who was eighty-five years old, died of complications after surgery, according to the Associated Press.

Best known for Strega Nona — the tale of an old woman whose magic pasta pot wreaks havoc in the hands of an inexperienced user — he worked on over 270 books, sold nearly 25 million copies, and was translated into more than twenty language, reports the AP.

You can read more about his considerable work, legacy, and awards in various obituaries from the AP, NPR, and the New York Times.

Categories: Today in Books

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