Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ian Falconer Interviewed

The author and illustrator of Olivia is interviewed by the New York Times.

From the piece...

What were your favorite books as a child?
Fairly obvious choices. Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat” and “The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins”; Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are,” “Nutshell Library” and “Higglety Pigglety Pop!” ( a great favorite); William Steig’s “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble.” 

What makes a good children’s book?
That’s a bloody good question. O.K., if I had to say one thing, it would be to not underestimate your audience. Children will figure things out; it’s what they do best — sorting out the world. 

What’s the best book by an illustrator you’ve ever read?
I’d have to say “Higglety Pigglety Pop!” The story is sort of slow and moody, but very funny, and the monochrome drawings beautiful.

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