When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works in this classic Caldecott Honor book from Tomie dePaola. Strega Nona — "Grandma Witch" — is the source for potions, cures, magic, and comfort in her Calabrian town. Her magical pasta pot is especially intriguing to hungry Big Anthony. He watches her to see how she makes it start working... but makes the mistake of falling asleep before he sees how she makes it stop!
One day, when Strega Nona goes over the mountain to visit Strega Amelia, Big Anthony recites the magic verse over the pasta pot. To his delight, he's able to feed the entire town — but the pasta pot keeps cooking, and soon Strega Nona's house is flooded with noodles! Fortunately, she returns just in time to save the day, and to dole out a fitting punishment for his mistake... In this reimagining of an old tale, author-illustrator Tomie dePaola combines humor in the writing and warmth in the paintings as he builds the story to its hilarious climax.