Dr. Valerie

June 3, 2004

Post #1705 – 20040603

I am a family physician in Canada. About 13 years ago I read a book to my kids containing the characters Exploding Poptart and Freckle Faced Chili Bean (amongst others). Was this one of your creations and, if so, what is the name of that memorable, but alas only partly memorable (!) book? Numerous librarians have looked at me askance when I attempt to locate these characters.

Thanks for your help.

Daniel replies:

That would be the well-known, and out-of-print, THE WUGGIE NORPLE STORY, written by me and illustrated by the great Tomie DePaola. Copies turn up.

Try bookfinder.com -- Ed