The great Antonio
Written and illustrated by Elise Gravel
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 unusual people and animals - anyone who is strange, different, or funny.
In her hometown of Montreal, everyone knew and loved the great Antonio, the gentle giant who lived outside the donut shop. He claimed to have been one of the strongest men in the world and to be able to talk to aliens with his braids. After his death, it was revealed that many of Antonio's wild stories were true: he had a letter from President Bill Clinton and photos of himself with celebrities like Liza Minnelli, Sophia Loren, and Johnny Carson.
Elise Gravel is an author and illustrator from Montreal, Quebec. After studying graphic design, she pursued a career writing and illustrating children's books, where her quirky and charming characters quickly won the hearts of children and adults worldwide. In 2012, Gravel received the Governor General's Literary Award for her book La cle a molette. A prolific artist, she currently has over thirty children's books to her name whichhave been translated into a dozen languages, including The Mushroom Fan Club, The Worst Book Ever, and If Found. . . Please Return to Elise Gravel, her challenge to young artists to keep a sketchbook. Gravel still lives in Montreal with her spouse, two daughters, cats, and a few spiders.
6 x 9 64 pages
Ages 4-8 years