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Big Anthony and the Magic Ring

by Tomie DePaola

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In Big Anthony and the Magic Ring, Anthony sees a witch turn into a beautiful woman after using a magic ring. Anthony decides he wants to be handsome so he uses the ring, but when he tries to change back, the ring gets stuck and he has to ask the witch for help. This is a good book to teach about not taking things that belong to others. ( )
  mwinningkoff | Mar 25, 2016 |
I liked this story because the plot evolves in a humorous way and the characters are believable and well-developed. The illustrations are captivating and vividly describe the details going on throughout the story.

Big Anthony, a main character in the story, always seems to get himself into trouble. The problem in this book is that Big Anthony has a magical ring stuck on his finger that will not come off. Strega Nona, the other main character in the book, tells Big Anthony not to mess with the ring while she is gone. The spell the ring casts will not undo itself until the ring comes off so he continues to be attacked by all the women in the night life scene he goes to. The plot is funny because Big Anthony goes into the night life with good intentions but ends up running away because it was too much for him to handle. For example, Big Anthony says, " “Mamma mia,” he cried “What am I going to do?” The illustrations show the main town square where the night life is occurring. It also shows his different facial expressions from looking content and full of himself as he is dancing with all the women to overwhelmed and horrified as he is being chased by all the women. Strega Nona seems calm when she sees the trouble Big Anthony got himself into and saves him from his troubles. They complement each other well and it is demonstrated through the text and illustrations. She is forgiving and he is resentful for what he did. “Oh, Anthony, said Strega Nona. ‘You will never learn!’ […] Never again will I touch your magic! [says Big Anthony]”

The main message in this book is to always listen to instructions others give to you. It will help avoid any trouble and miscommunication that might occur. Sometimes what you are trying to do will end up doing more harm than good. ( )
  XiomaraGonzalez | Oct 26, 2015 |
Love all the "magic" of the story! ( )
  fashionablyloud1 | Jul 20, 2012 |
When Big Anthony borrows Strega Nona's magic ring to turn himself into a handsome man, he gets more trouble than fun. ( )
  kidlit9 | Mar 30, 2012 |
This book is about Big Anthony feeling down so Strega Nona says he should go out to the dance. Strega Nona thinks its a good idea and she uses a magic ring to make her young and beautiful and she goes dancing however Big Anthony sees and the following day he borrows the ring to make him handsome but it ends badly as the ring gets stuck. This is a very funny story with a nice moral to it that wishing for what you don't have can only end in tears. ( )
  ecosborne | Jan 29, 2012 |
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In this sequel to Caldecott Honor winner Strega Nona, “Big Anthony romps through a case of spring fever with an ill-gotten magic ring, against the architectural background and blue skies of la bella Italia.”--Booklist

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Summary; When Big Anthony borrows Strega Nona's magic ring to turn himself into a handsome man, he gets more trouble than fun.

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