The Great Antonio

Élise Gravel

Original Title
Le Grand Antonio
Published
La Pastèque, 2014
Genre
Picture books
Pages
72
Rights Sold
English North America (Toon Books)
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The Great Antonio

Élise Gravel

Antonio is 20 years old when he arrives to Canada. With 1,93 m and 225 kilos, he is a tall one, and very strong at that! Antonio loves to show his strength off. He pulls buses full of people with his hair, and he fights against Japanese champions. His mane is tied into thick braids. With metal rods inside, they become antennas and he can communicate with aliens!

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"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

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

"Gravel’s cartoonish art is graphically sophisticated." Montreal Gazette

"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

"Kids will be taken by this larger-than-life figure, who is still beloved in Montreal, the city the Great Antonio called home." Booklist

"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