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26 Fairmount Avenue (26 Fairmount Avenue #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  2,334 Ratings  ·  174 Reviews
Tomie dePaola?s stories from the momentous year his family built their new house at 26 Fairmount Avenue highlight his wit, sense of humor, and strong family bonds. The book earned raves from reviewers of all ages and a Newbery Honor award.

Hardcover, 57 pages
Published April 5th 1999 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (first published 1999)
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Julie
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-my-kiddos, 2017
PERFECT for my two five-year-olds.

Each chapter is a vignette. Each story is simple enough, real enough, silly or interesting enough with out every being facile.

Well balanced. Well written. Drawings on every page.

And it's autobiographical! Which is cool because I love Tomie dePaola and now I get to love him more.
Lisa Vegan
Sep 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: boys and girls who can appreciate stories about kids who lived in past times
This book has 9 chapters and 57 pages, not counting the 1 page author’s note. This is a perfect book for those just beginning to read chapter books and it also would work fine as a read aloud book, including and maybe especially for siblings of different ages.

This is DePaola’s first book in a series of illustrated autobiographical books, and he writes so engagingly. I got a kick out of so much, and particularly enjoyed a couple things about Tomie’s first day of school. Hilarious!

I’m sure I’d ha
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Susan Mortimer
Oct 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grades 1-4
Shelves: lis-565
Tomie dePaola’s first installment in his autobiographical series is a delightful remembrance of his early childhood. Growing up in depression-era Connecticut, Tomie and his family experience many adventures as the family builds and moves into their first house. Tomie has a colorful family, and their escapades are told in a quick-paced format, while also allowing for the reader to come away feeling like they’ve gotten to know the family. As always, dePaola uses expressive illustrations, here blac ...more
Pam
May 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a glimpse into a family's life for about a year in the late 1930's. The author,Tomie DePaola, tells this story from a child's perspective, specifically as though he is peering back through his five year old eyes. It centers on his and his family's feelings of anticipation as they await their house on 26 Fairmont Ave. being built, and then finally their excitement of moving into this house they would have as a family for their remaining time of living together.
Though a simple story l
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Luann
I'm reading this aloud to all of my library classes, so by the end of this week I will have read it eleven times - not including the times I had already read it to myself. Tomie de Paola does such a great job of telling his story in a sweet, simple manner with the perfect amount of interesting details. My favorite chapter tells all about the first time he saw the first full-length animated movie, Mr. Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I love young Tomie's reaction as he realizes that ...more
Becca
Sep 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was dePaola's first chapter book. Our family has read a number of his picture books, both the fiction and the non-fiction, and we absolutely loved reading more about his magical childhood. Now and then he would mention certain happenings that were the focus of his shorter pictures books, which was fun to finally read them in context. He has such vivid memories and tells them in a very entertaining way. I would say that, to my children, he is almost family. This book in particular has made m ...more
Lynn  Davidson
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This book is a Newbery Honor Book winner.

This is a chapter book - nine short chapters. The author wrote about his life in Connecticut when his family was preparing to move to the house they were building. He makes the story very interesting, capturing what his feelings were with disappointments when things kept happening to delay the completion and eventual move into their new house.
He told about the destructive hurricane of 1938, the same year they started building their house. He told about h
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Michael Enright
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: author-study
26 Fairmont Avenue is an autobiographical novel written by Tomie dePaola, about his childhood growing up in Meriden, Connecticut. The book is centered around dePaola's upbringing in a very tight knit community with a extremely supportive and loving family.

This story is an extremely humorous and at times heartwarming story of Tomie dePaola's childhood. The story is very well written and Tomie's experiences of family gathering, hopes, disappointments, and funny encounters in his community and sch
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Thecajungirl
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable book. I would recommend this book to parents or grandparents as an appropriate book to read with children who will be moving into a new home. I would also recommend reading the book in sections over the span of a few days and discussing each challenge the family faces as their home is being built and how friends and family aid the dePaola Family as problems arise. I think it is a lovely story.
Cady
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-charlotte, 2017
Read on recommendation of my youngest daughter (age 7) who begged me to buy this book after reading it at school. Being a lifelong fan of Tomie DePaola's art and illustrated picture books, I was curious about what to expect with his first chapter book. 26 Fairmont Avenue is a sweet reflection of Tomie's childhood, with some really funny memories thrown in. Thoroughly enjoyed!
Erin
This delightful memoir covers a young Tomie DePaola's experiences with a hurricane, moving into a new house, and starting kindergarten.

Favorite part by far: when they go see Snow White in the movie theater and Tomie just CAN'T BELIEVE that Walt Disney didn't read the book.
Sherica
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable story. My 7yo loves this series.
Wendi
As a child, Tomie did not confine himself to strict gender roles-took tap dancing, played female roles or dressed as female characters for Halloween. A good talking point about gender expectations.
Elisabeth Ensor
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Adorable middle school aged book! Could recommend for either boy to read, my favorite part was with the boy and the umbrella!
Laura Hoyler
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always love Tomie dePaola- nice to see a longer book!
Marisa Ewing
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
Tomie's family is building a new house, 26 Fairmount Avenue, but for the time being they live in an apartment building with many other people. The year Tomie is four years old a tornado goes through his town, causing a lot of damage, but thankfully his new house is not destroyed. That year Tomie begins kindergarten, which he is not impressed with, sees Snow White in theaters and is finally able to move into his new home.

I love Tomie dePaola's books. This story is so simple, but is very relatable
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Caitlin
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Citation: 26 Fairmount Avenue, by Tomie DePaola. (Penguin Putnam, 1999). 57 p. Autobiography.
Summary: Tomie DePaola is a young boy growing up in 1930’s New England in this, his first in a collection of autobiographical memoirs. DePaola describes his memories of the Hurricane of 1938, his family building their first house, his first day of kindergarten, and countless interactions with his family.

Critique: a) This book includes many fascinating tidbits, showing a completely different side of Mr.
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Katie Fitzgerald
This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.

26 Fairmount Avenue was published in 1999, and it was awarded a Newbery Honor in 2000. Written by beloved children’s illustrator Tomie DePaola, this is a memoir about the year his family built and moved into their new house on Fairmount Avenue. In child-like voice, dePaola tells of his experiences surviving the 1938 hurricane and seeing Disney’s Snow White in the movie theater. He tells of his favorite actresses, Mae West and Shirley Temple,
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Annette
Apr 21, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tomie DePaola fans
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
I decided to read this book to my two little girls because we really like Tomie DePaola's books. Some of our favorites are: Charlie Needs a Cloak, The Popcorn Book, The Art Lesson, and of course, Strega Nona. This book is a little bit different because it's a handful of stories from Tomie's childhood between 1938-1940. It is told in simple DePaola style and of course it has one of his illustrations on each page. The main event in the book is how his family overcomes some pretty tough obstacles i ...more
Diana
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie dePaola

1. Genre: Biography

2. Summary: Tomie tells about the year he and his family moved into their new home on 26 Fairmount Avenue. Before they moved though, there was the hurricane, the movie Snow White, and Tomie’s first day at school.

3. Critique:
a. Area for comment: The setting of 26 Fairmount Avenue describes the area where an average family lived in 1938 in Connecticut.

b. Comment: The setting and time period when Tomie was five years old and living in Conn
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Ruth Ann
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile, biography
This book is first-rate! I loved the "family album" (illustrations by Tomie of his family and neighbors) that was placed at the very beginning of the book. As I read, I flipped back to this page several times to gaze at the portraits. Each depicts the warmth and respect that Tomie had for the important people in his life.

The story is told from Tomie's five-year-old point of view and begins in 1938. There are nine chapters but the whole book is only 56 pages so it is a very accessible beginning c
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Kate
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
I should probably preface this review by saying that growing up, Tomie dePaola was one of my very favorite authors. It was The Clown of God that made me fall in love with his work, though I read Strega Nona first. I don't know how old I was when I first read it, but I was fairly young. The simplicity of the language, the quotidien beauty of the illustrations, and the fairy tale-like story combined to create a book that has lasted with me into adulthood, and that remains one of my favorite pictur ...more
LeAnne
This memoir by Tomie de Paola, winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder award for his lifetime contribution to childrens literature, has a much younger feel than most Newberry books. The stories of de Paolas kindergarten and early elementary years remind me of the simplicity of presenting another era through the eyes of a child in Wilders books. The incidents are pretty ordinary, but new readers will identify with the concerns of a small child, like birthdays and new babies. The author was born in 193 ...more
Patricia
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
What a wonderful book! It is the first of a series of 8 chapter books that Tomie dePaolo wrote and published from 1999 to 2009. They are autobiographies and are simply lovely.

This first book begins when Tomie is four years old, in 1938. The first thing he writes about is the hurricane of 1938. He goes on to write about how his family built a new house (at 26 Fairmount Avenue) and the ups and downs of that endeavor. He writes about his grandparents and aunts and uncles. He writes about knowing at
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Becky
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did I enjoy reading Tomie dePaola's 26 Fairmount Avenue? Yes. I think I appreciated it more upon rereading than I did the first time I read it a decade ago. This autobiographical early chapter book is about his moving to 26 Fairmount Avenue. It is not a simple transition, or, an easy move. Because life happens, things--big things, little things--keep happening to prevent work on the new house and to prevent their move. This building of the new house is always in the background. Meanwhile, he's g ...more
Dolly
May 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We had a slow start with this book. We read the first chapter, and then it languished on our pile of books for quite awhile until it was due from the library. So we sat down and finished it all at one time. Overall, it's an interesting story and it's not too long. It's filled with Tomie dePaola's memories of his early years and his move to the house on 26 Fairmount Avenue. As I read, some of the book seemed very familiar. Then I realized that we've read a picture book by him called Nana Upstairs ...more
Taylor De La Fe
This book is about a family that is moving to a new home at 26 Fairmount Avenue. Tomie, the young boy in the family, is excited to see the new house be built. Many things happen along the way, though that cause the house to take even longer to be built. Tomie watches as a hurricane comes, a fire starts, and a flood takes over. Tomie experiences a lot of funny things like eating a chocolate laxative without knowing it. He also tries to skip going to kindergarten because he learns that he won't le ...more
Ana
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a family that is moving to a new home at 26 Fairmount Avenue. Tomie, the young boy in the family, is excited to see the new house he built. Many things happen along the way, though that cause the house to take even longer to be built. Tomie watches as a hurricane comes, a fire starts, and a flood takes over. Tomie experiences a lot of funny things like eating a chocolate laxative without knowing it. He also tries to skip going to kindergarten because he learns that he won't le ...more
Josiah
Apr 30, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
We all know what great illustrations Tomie dePaola is capable of creating, but in this book he goes a different direction, understatedly fashioning his drawings so that they compliment the text without pulling as much attention toward them as normal for one of his shorter picture books.
The warmth and loving affection of the author for his family shines through the page with wonderful and unmistakable charm, allowing the reader precious glimpses into a world that Tomie dePaola obviously cherish
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Lisa Overberg
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
Tomie dePaola recounts exciting events of his childhood from a young person's viewpoint; for example, he looks for an eye during the hurricane, and he suffers greatly after eating all the "chocolates" in Nana Upstairs' medicine cabinet. He describes going to movies in the 1940s, with a newsreel preview and a highly inaccurate Disney version of "Snow White" that leads him to conclude that Mr. Disney had not read the true story. When he discovers, on the first day of school, that kindergartners do ...more
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Tomie dePaola (pronounced Tommy da-POW-la) is best known for his books for children.
He's been published for 40 years and has written and/or illustrated over 200 books, including 26 Fairmount Avenue, Strega Nona, and Meet the Barkers.
Tomie dePaola and his work have been recognized with the Caldecott Honor Award, the Newbery Honor Award and the New Hampshire Governor's Arts Award of Living Treasure.
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