Book: Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
Artist: Larissa Wilson
Artist’s Statement: I was surprised to find Strega Nona on the list of banned children’s books, as it was one of my favorites when I was growing up. Challenged for promoting witchcraft, Strega Nona is about a kind old lady who, in addition
to curing warts and making love potions, also happens to have a magical pasta pot. One day while she is out of town, her slightly dim assistant, Big Anthony, floods the entire town with pasta after he is unable to turn the pot off. He did not know the secret ingredient!
My tribute to the book is a design reminiscent of magical spaghetti with the phrase “3 Kisses”, which is the secret ingredient Strega Nona uses to turn off her magical pot. Strega Nona is a force of good in her village. Everything she does is out of love and kindness. As is illustrated by her blowing kisses to end the magic spell. Love is the magic ingredient! Who wouldn’t want to share that message with their child?