BEDTIME FOR BUNNY
Illustrated by Lynn Norton Parker
Little Simon 2002
I have always wanted to write an original board book for very young children. My agent challenged me because–so she said–I tend to be a writer of very sophisticated books. I think she saw it as a stretching exercise. So I tackled the area–in rhyme, because I love rhyme–and sold my first book, All Aboard the Animal Train. The wonderful editor at Little Simon loved that book and sent me pictures by a new illustrator of the most delicious little bunny in jammies, asking “Can you write something for her?” This little bunny book is the result of that question. So, one might say, Bedtime for Bunny came out of two challenges, one from my agent and one from the editor. And this entire description of the process is longer than the text for the book!