Strega Nona's meddling assistant Big Anthony is determined to prove to the townspeople his knowledge of the magic secrets contained in the pasta pot of Strega Nona. In so doing, he unleashes a torrent of pasta which threatens to engulf their little Italian town.
I use Strega Nona in a Tomie dePaola author study. I also use it to teach about characters and cause and effect. My students love Big Anthony and how he gets in trouble. They automatically chant along with the magic pasta words.