The Great Antonio By Elise Gravel

The Great Antonio

TOON Level 2

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ISBN: 9781662665554


Published by (2025-01-21)

The Great Antonio weighed as much as a horse, wrestled a bear, fought two trucks at once—AND HE WAS REAL!

"A tribute as heartfelt as it is joyous." —Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW

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. Now available in an affordable paperback ediition!

Book Details

Format: Trade Paperback
Price: 7.99 USD / 10.99 CAD
Published: 2025-01-21
ISBN: 9781662665554
Page Count: 64
Trim Size: 6 x 9

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A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

* "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." — 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