The Great Antonio: Toon Level 2 by Elise GravelThe Great Antonio: Toon Level 2 by Elise Gravel

The Great Antonio: Toon Level 2

IllustratorElise Gravel

Hardcover | October 21, 2016

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What made the Great Antonio so great? He weighed as much as a horse! He once wrestled a bear. He could devour twenty-five roasted chickens at one sitting. In this whimsical book, beloved author and illustrator Elise Gravel tells the true story of Antonio Barichievich, the larger-than-life Montreal strongman who had muscles as big as his heart. What made the Great Antonio so great? He weighed as much as a horse! He once wrestled a bear. He could devour twenty-five roasted chickens at one sitting. In this whimsical book, beloved author and illustrator Elise Gravel tells the true story of Antonio Barichievich, the larger-than-life Montreal strongman who had muscles as big as his heart. What made the Great Antonio so great? He weighed as much as a horse! He once wrestled a bear. He could devour twenty-five roasted chickens at one sitting. In this whimsical book, beloved author and illustrator Elise Gravel tells the true story of Antonio Barichievich, the larger-than-life Montreal strongman who had muscles as big as his heart.
In kindergarten Elise was popular because she could draw princesses with long, spiral curls. Then in high school, girls asked her to draw their dream guys, and she became very talented at drawing muscles and chest hair, which came in handy for this book. One of Elise's favorite authors is Roald Dahl. He got her interested in unusua...
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Title:The Great Antonio: Toon Level 2Format:HardcoverDimensions:64 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.39 inPublished:October 21, 2016Publisher:TOON BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1943145083

ISBN - 13:9781943145089

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nostalgic In my early twenties, I would occasionally see Mr. Barichievich on the bus or on the street in Montréal--he was hard to miss with his long hair fashioned into massive walking sticks and his bright pants often secured with a strand of rope. It was only when he'd passed away that I learned more about his rich history. My boys (ages 5 and 7) were captivated by the story of Mr. Barichievich, a real-life super hero who their mom happened to have met. ;)
Date published: 2017-03-06

Editorial Reviews

Elizabeth Bird's A Fuse #8 Production 2016 Fictionalized Non-Fiction for KidsTD Summer Reading Club's Top Recommend Reads for 2017 A tribute as heartfelt as it is joyous" -Kirkus ReviewsSTARRED 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." -Publishers Weekly "Kids will be taken by this larger-than-life figure, who is still beloved in Montreal, the city the Great Antonio called home." -Booklist "Gravel's cartoonish art is graphically sophisticated." -Montreal Gazette "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 "A modern tale for a new audience." -Mom Read ItElizabeth Bird's A Fuse #8 Production 2016 Fictionalized Non-Fiction for Kids"A tribute as heartfelt as it is joyous' -Kirkus ReviewsSTARRED 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." -Publishers Weekly"Kids will be taken by this larger-than-life figure, who is still beloved in Montreal, the city the Great Antonio called home." -Booklist"Gravel's cartoonish art is graphically sophisticated." -Montreal Gazette"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"A modern tale for a new audience." -Mom Read It "