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TOON LEVEL: 2
INTEREST LEVEL: Age 4+
READING LEVEL: Grades 1-2
LEXILE LEVEL: 590
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.
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★★★ "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."
"Kids will be taken by this larger-than-life figure, who is still beloved in Montreal, the city the Great Antonio called home."
"In this innovative portrait—not quite a biography yet not quite a legend—Gravel affectionately places Antonio in the Paul Bunyan tradition of mighty men."
--Horn Book Magazine
"Gravel’s cartoonish art is graphically sophisticated."
"A modern tale for a new audience."
--Mom Read It
New York Times Live Illustration
Elise Gravel visited The New York Times offices for a live doodle session. Watch as she recreates some illustrations from The Great Antonio and more. This is a must-see for all who love to draw!
Teacher's Guide: Making of a Legend
Our engaging new "Making of a Legend" lesson plan teaches young readers about biographies and autobiographies. Students examine the boundaries between fact and fantasy and create an autobiographical world of their own! The guide outlines ELA Common Core Standards to support standards-based instruction in the classroom. 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.