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TOON LEVEL: 2
INTEREST LEVEL: Age 4+
READING LEVEL: Grades 1-2
GUIDED READING LEVEL: M
AUTHOR: Elise Gravel
DIMENSIONS: 6" x 9"
RELEASE DATE: October 4, 2016
About the Book
What made the Great Antonio so great? He weighed as much as a horse; he once wrestled a bear; he could devour twenty-five roast chickens at one sitting. In this whimsical book, beloved author and illustrator Elise Gravel tells the story of Antonio Barichievich, the larger-than-life strongman who had muscles as big as his heart.
★★★ "A tribute as heartfelt as it is joyous."
--Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW
"Gravel gives us a funny, very kid-friendly story about a gentle giant, someone who twirled children around on his braids, turning himself into a human merry-go-round for their amusement."
--School Library Journal Good Comics for Kids
"What’s to be made of lives that don’t go the way they were supposed to? Gravel shows that they’re worth paying attention to."
"A modern tale for a new audience."
--Mom Read It
Our Great Antonio Teacher's Guide outlines the ELA Common Core Standards to support standards-based instruction in the classroom using this TOON Book. This free guide was designed by a team of passionate literacy experts.
About the Author
Elise Gravel was born in Montreal in 1977, where she now lives with her two daughters, husband, cats, and a few spiders. She started to draw not long after birth, and became very talented at drawing muscles and chest hair in high school, which came in handy later on when she illustrated The Great Antonio. She has written and illustrated more than 30 books, which have been translated into a dozen languages.