Like Strega Nona, Tomie dePaola’s stories endure

December 7, 2013 • Entertainment

In this photo taken Sunday Dec. 1, 2013 artwork from a new book by children’s author and illustrator Tomie dePaola is seen in his studio in New London, N.H. For nearly 50 years dePaola has been working on children’s books selling more than 15 million copies worldwide. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

NEW LONDON, N.H. (AP) — Children’s author and illustrator Tomie dePaola tackled a big stack of his books on the table. A longtime fan plunked them down at the book signing — just a sampling of the nearly 250 he’s worked on.

“It’s like watching my life go by,” he said with a chuckle as he signed book after book for Katherine Pixley, a retired schoolteacher who recently brought her daughter and grandchildren to Morgan Hill Bookstore in New London, the town dePaola’s called home for the last three decades.

In the pile was “Strega Nona Does it Again,” the newest and 12th book in his series about a kindly old witch in Italy who offers villagers advice, along with potions to cure their warts and help find spouses. In this episode, Strega Nona comes up with a Login to read more

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