May 15, 2007
Post #2233 – 20070515
My six-year-old son brought home your book “The Big Orange Splot” as his reading homework tonight. I noticed that the book cover included your middle name, Manus, and I was suddenly transported back 35 years: wasn’t my favorite childhood book written by a person named Manus?
I went to the bookcase where I keep my most treasured books and pulled out “Bear’s Picture.” Sure enough, it was written and illustrated by Manus Pinkwater in 1972 (it cost $1.45). I can’t tell you how many times I copied the bear’s picture and imitated the fine, proper gentleman.
And what a treat, to now be able to share your books with my son.
All my best wishes.
Here's another treat! Bear's Picture is about to be republished, this time with illustrations by the great D.B. Johnson. You can compare 'em! (Interesting note: D.B. did his illustrations without ever having seen the ones I did. See how he dealt with my text).