Tomie Depaola Author Study. Crista Bearnarth , Rachael Vigder , and Morgan Fairfax. Tomie DePaola. Tomie DaPaola (pronounced Tommy da -POW-la) is best known for his books for children. He has been published for 40 years and has written and/or illustrated over 200 childrens books
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TomieDaPaola (pronounced Tommy da-POW-la) is best known for his books for children.
Tomie developed a love for books at an early age probably because his mother loved books and read to Tomie every day. At the age of four, Tomie told anyone who would listen that he wanted to write stories and draw pictures for books and to sing and tap dance on the stage when he grew up.
When Tomie graduated he went to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York where his twin cousins, Franny and Fuffy, previously attended art school.
Tomie didn't get a contract for his first book for several years after graduating from Pratt.