Pictures by Vlasta Van Kampen Key-Porter 2008 ISBN# 1554700078 Key-Porter is a Canadian publisher, and this is how I got to them. My friend Jonathan Schmidt (and ex-editor at Tor) moved to Canada to be married and settle north of the border, and soon became head of trade books there. He introduced me to the …
I worked on How Do Dinosaurs Counting and Colors at the same time, and as they are small so-called “novelty” books, they are different from the others. They are shorter and they don’t have the same rhyme schemes or cadences.
My editor thought that two very young board books about the Yolen/Teague dinosaurs might be a great idea. She suggested a counting rhyme for one of them. I came up with the Clean Their Rooms idea
My editor thought that two very young board books about the Yolen/Teague dinosaurs might be a great idea. She suggested a counting rhyme for one of them. I came up with the Clean Their Rooms
The Dinosaur books keep on rolling along. This was one of two board books I wrote at the same time, and Mark did a wonderfully compressed version of the bouncy, adorable dinos for it. In record time, I might add. The book was ready long before the contract!
I had written an early version of ANIMAL TRAIN called ALL ABOARD THE ANIMAL TRAIN which I tried to sell–unsuccessfully–for a number of years. It lacked something, but I wasn’t smart enough or alert enough to understand what it needed.
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,
I had written two board books already–ANIMAL TRAIN and BEDTIME FOR BUNNY. Enjoying the form (and the wonderful editor at Little Simon) I decided to try another. I wrote a book about a little dinosaur resisting naptime. But it