The Mysterious Giant of Barletta (Paperback)

By Tomie dePaola

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9781328622655, 32pp.

Publication Date: August 6, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (4/1/1988)

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From best-selling author and illustrator, Tomie dePaola, comes this reissued adapted Italian folktale of how a town was saved by their beloved giant statue.

In the southern part of Italy, on the Adriatic Sea, is the town of Barletta. In this quiet town, there is a gigantic statue of a young Man. Some say it's the largest statue in all of Europe, but no one knows exactly how it got there or who it is supposed to be. One thing is for sure—the people of Barletta love their Mysterious Giant and love to tell stories about him. This is one of their favorite stories to tell—how the giant statue saved their town. 

About the Author

Tomie dePaola is the author and/or illustrator of more than 250 books for children. He receive a Caldecott Honor for Strega Nona and a Newbery Honor for 26 Fairmont Avenue. He is also the recipient of the American Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his substantial and lasting contributions to children's literature. He lives in New London, New Hampshire. Visit his website at