26 Fairmount Avenue is a fun, must read book for all ages. Tomie dePaola writes his autobiography in a creative way with his distinct drawings known to many of his fans. Tomie, the main character in the story describes his flash back to 1938 during his childhood in Meriden, Connecticut where his family who lives on Columbus Ave decides to make a move and build a new home on Fairmount Ave. Tomie in the story explains his life experiences with the hurricane that ripped through his town, outings, with Nana, and the movie trips with his mom. Tomie is 5 at the time just starting kindergarten ready to make his move to the new home. dePaola continues to use his creative drawings which can be seen throughout 26 Fairmount Ave. This is the first book of his 5 book series. His use of flashbacks during his childhood help readers draw pictures in their mind of childhood memories they might have during that age. The use of simple words and descriptions allow readers to understand easy making it enjoyable to all. I would compare his writing styles to those of Kevin Henkes, another author who enjoys illustrating his stories to keep readers interested. dePaola's autobiographies are not like many others of that genre his are at a easier level with fun pictures. Again if you have a chance check out 26 Fairmount Avenue and you won't be disappointed.