The Great Antonio by Elise Gravel


513ygcxyeel The Great Antonio by Elise Gravel, translated by Richard Kutner, Toon, 2016. 9781943145089

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Biographical fiction

What did you like about the book? An imaginative biography of Antonio Barichievich, a strongman/wrestler from Croatia who emigrated to Canada in 1945. Gravel takes what little is known about his early years and gives us a zany, endearing portrait of a truly eccentric man. The simple text, creative fonts and adorable digitally drawn pictures make this huge hairy strongman into a likable funny picture book character. What a treat!

To whom would you recommend this book?  Pair this with Meghan McCarthy’s The Story of Charles Atlas, Strong Man and Pep Montserrat’s Ms. Rubenstein’s Beauty for a quirky character story time.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Easy readers

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: December 8, 2016

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