TOMIE DEPAOLA and LIN OLIVER- Mon. 4/14 at 7pm

Event date: 
Monday, April 14, 2014 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
2207 Honolulu Ave
cross street Verdugo Rd
91020 Montrose

In a rare West Coast appearance, picture book legend Tomie DePaola and celebrated writer Lin Oliver will enchant Once Upon a Time customers in a  ticketed event at the store on Monday, April 14th at 7 pm .  This is a special event that must be preordered/prepaid in advance, as there is limited space in our store. (see guidelines below)


Tomie's distinctive, whimsical art with an ethnically diverse cast  of characters has delighted millions of children and the young at heart for generations.   Strega Nona, Pancakes for Breakfast, 26 Fairmont Avenue, The Knight and the Dragon,
I Love You Sun, I Love You Moon, Tomie DePaola's Bible Stories
, the list goes on for more than 200 titles!  He and Lin Oliver have created: LITTLE POEMS FOR TINY EARS

In a perfect pairing, the dynamic, best-selling team of Lin Oliver and Tomie dePaola have created a charming collection of poems.   These 23 short, sweet, original poems celebrate new experiences of babies  and toddlers as well as their discoveries about the world-and themselves. A perfect baby shower or first birthday gift, the cover artwork serves as its own wrapping paper! 

Lin Oliver has written several books for children and has her own production company. She has co-written, along with Henry Winkler, the wildly popular NY Times bestselling Hank Zipzer series as well as the Ghost Buddy series for children ages 8-12.  She is also the executive director of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and is respected throughout the children’s literature community.

With over 15 million books in print, Tomie dePaola is one of the most beloved creators of
children’s literature today. His many accolades include the Caldecott Honor Award,
the Newbery Honor Award, a Smithsonian Medal, the 2011 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his
substantial and lasting contribution to children’s literature and, most recently, the 2012
Society of Illustrators Lifetime Achievement Award. Tomie is one of only five author/illustrators to be awarded a Newbery Honor and a Caldecott Honor. He has written and illustrated over 200 books in his 40 years in book publishing.

Guidelines for this event:  YOU MUST PREORDER/PREPAY IN ADVANCE OF 4/14 by either coming into the store or calling the store (818-248-9668).  At this time, there will be NO website preorders.  This is a ticketed event with very limited spaces.  Only those with tickets will be able to come into the store for the presentation.  

Each ticket costs $20 which includes the purchase of LITTLE POEMS FOR TINY EARS.  The numbered ticket allows entrance for one person only.  All children and adults must buy a ticket for this special event.  
Due to the special nature of this event, books purchased from Once Upon a Time will be signed.  Books purchased from other sources may be signed,  if time permits.  Due to limited space,no strollers in the store during this event.

Line ups will start at 6pm outside our store and snake around the Verdugo corner.

On the night of the event, please check in at the will call station with your ticket in order to receive your book.   Other Tomie DePaola and Lin Oliver books will be available to purchase.

If you can not make the event but want a signed book, please call (818) 248-9668 or email me by 4/9. (

As a homage to Tomie's sense of style, we are asking everyone who attends to be sure to wear a scarf - the more colorful the better!

Strega Nona (A Strega Nona Book) Cover Image
By Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780671666064
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 1979

Pancakes for Breakfast Cover Image
This book is never available from our store
ISBN: 9780156707688
Availability: Out of Print
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 3rd, 1978

Joy to the World: Tomie's Christmas Stories Cover Image
By Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780147509529
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Puffin Books - October 17th, 2013

Tomie dePaola's Mother Goose Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399212581
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 2nd, 1985

Almost Identical #1 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780448451916
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grosset & Dunlap - September 27th, 2012

Bookmarks Are People Too! #1 (Here's Hank #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780448479972
Availability: Not in Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Workshop - February 6th, 2014

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