Halloween with Tomie & the scary jumping red-leg bald guy!

Of course I know who Tomie de Paola is now, but I always thought that I had missed out on him when I was a kid. (Just like I mostly missed out on James Marshall. Who knows why?)
But recently, I discovered that a book that absolutely fascinated me as a kid — Monsters of the Middle Ages — had been illustrated by de Paola. Looking through the book again, the illustrations were as familiar as the weird stuff in the bottom of the Lego basket.
The inset above is a really weird picture that had really stuck with me. I’m sure you can see why … it’s creepy as all get out!
Anway, it’s a swell book and de Paola’s style was just right to make the monsters a little scary but still present them as folklore.
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