PASSION FOR PICTURE BOOKS.
Lee, welcome and please tell us what pulled you down the rabbit hole of writing picture books ?
I love funny, quirky picture books with heart, such as Officer Buckle and Gloria, (Peggy Rathmann); Martha Speaks (Susan Meddaugh); Benjamin and Tulip (Rosemary Wells); Bootsie Barker Bites (Barbara Bottner); Zelda and Ivy (Laura McGee Kvasnosky). The master of this genre was the author/illustrator James Marshall (who also wrote as Edward Marshall). His simple line drawings – in books such as George and Martha, The Stupids, Fox Outfoxed, etc. – could bring me to my knees with spasms of silliness and giggles. As for what I would want from him? Just to sit quietly in a corner and watch him work…
Lee, I have one last question. Do you have a favorite picture book you never tire of?
OH, my. There are so many of them! So I'll pick the one that springs to mind first: Officer Buckle and Gloria written/illustrated by Peggy Rathmann.
|Won Ton by Lee Wardlaw|
Lee Wardlaw’s first spoken word was ‘kitty’. Since then, she’s shared her home with more than two-dozen cats (not all at the same time!) and written more than two-dozen, award-winning books for young readers, including Won Ton – A Cat Tale Told in Haiku (Holt; illustrated by Eugene Yelchin), winner of the 2012 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award and many other honors.
|Red, White, and Boom! by Lee Wardlaw|