‘Strega Nona' author Tomie dePaola is dead at age 85 https://t.co/R20jN2uON7— TIME (@TIME) March 30, 2020
Tomie dePaola, the prolific children’s author and illustrator, died Monday at age 85.
DePaola died at the Dartmouth-Hancock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, according to his literary agent, Doug Whiteman. Last week he was badly injured in a fall and he died of complications following surgery.
His career spanned over 50 years and he worked on close to 250 books. More than 15 million copies have been sold worldwide and his books have been translated into more than 20 languages.
His most famous character, Strega Nona, debuted in 1975. His book, “Strega Nona: An Original Tale,” was a Caldecott finalist for best illustrated work. He wrote nine more books about the character, including “Strega Nona’s Magic Lessons” and “Strega Nona Meets Her Match.”