Take this book list to your library or favourite bookstore, to see which books you need to read! Robert Munsch Books. Aaron's Hair. Boo! Finding. Christmas. UP-UP-DOWN started as a finger play that I used with children in a program for 2 and 3 year old kids. All it was in the beginning was a game where I would go. Something Good started with grocery shopping. Every Thursday I do the family food shopping. First I took along my son Andrew and then I took along my.
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The Paper Bag Princess. Story. Robert N. Munsch. Illustrations. Michael Martchenko. Annick Press Ltd. Toronto • New York • Vancouver. Smelly Socks by Robert Munsch. All: Smelly Socks. Uh~. Narrator: Tina's socks were old. She wanted some new ones, so her mother took her to the only store in . ROBERT MUNSCH. ILLUSTRATED BY. MICHAEL MARTCHENKO. Cartwheel. - BK 5. @. SCHOLASTIC INC. New York Toronto London Auckland Sydney.
Search this site. A mother held her new baby and very slowly rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while she held him, she sang:. I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, As long as I'm living my baby you'll be. The baby grew. He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was two years old, and he ran all around the house.
What kind of stories did you like as a child? I especially liked animal stories. And Dr. Seuss and Mercer Mayer. Does one or more of your kids write books? No — none of my kids are writers yet. But then, I didn't write until I was When you were little, did you know you wanted to be an author? No, I didn't want to be an author when I was little.
I couldn't spell, and I didn't like to write. I still can't spell — I wish I could spell. I wanted to be a clown. How long does it take to get a story published? How long do you work on one story? I work on lots of stories at once. So when I get a story done, it might still take a long time for it to get to be a book. Aaron's Hair took 15 years — that's because I had so many stories waiting to be published. My publisher has stories on file now.
Do you have any hobbies? I like to read books. And hike, and ski, and walk my dog.
And I guess that's it. What jobs did you work at before you became a writer? I studied to be a Catholic priest, and I worked in day care. And I was a migrant farm laborer. And I taught university. What were you like as a student in school? I was a lousy student in school. I didn't get good grades. I never learned how to spell. And I never learned arithmetic.
But I was very smart in some ways. I could always write poetry. I drove my teachers nuts! How does it feel to be a famous author? I like being famous. Especially since I'm not rock star sort of famous where teenagers want to rip your clothes.
Did you ever think of writing a story about your wife and something funny that she told happened that day? She told me that she was throwing cardboard boxes down the cellar stairs to the garbage, and my son Andrew who was two took some plates off the table and threw them down there too. They broke. What was your family life like growing up? I had eight brothers and sisters, and it was noisy.
And interesting. We lived in a big old farmhouse, with a big yard with lots of trees — apple trees, pear trees, and peach trees. Things like that. Can you give me tips on editing? Get your story in your head and tell it to five different people. It will edit itself. Are you friends with other children's book authors? What do you think is the best thing about reading? It's fun.
Do you have a special place where you write? I have an office in my basement. It has spiders. That is where I write. Is it ever difficult for you to write? If so, what do you do? If I have trouble writing, I go and tell stories. If I have trouble telling stories, I go and write.
Will you ever stop writing books? I think I will stop writing books when I am dead. Why do you always write about kids in your stories? Because I like telling stories to kids. It's a lot more fun to tell stories to them than to adults. They just sit there like bumps on a lump. Adults are very boring. What was your favorite subject in school? I liked bugs and animals and leaves and things like that. Do you ever write books for adults? No, I don't write stories just for adults, but lots of adults like Love You Forever and get it for other grownups.
Do you ever write poetry? Yes, I write lots of poetry. If you look on my website, robertmunsch. None of it is published. It's lousy poetry, but I like it. Do you keep a diary or journal?
No, I don't keep a diary or a journal, but I do write lots of letters that I save, which is sort of the same thing.
What is your favorite color? I am the only person I know whose favorite person is black. Maybe that is why it is my favorite color.
Since we know you like animals, why don't you write books about animals? What inspired you to write, another author, a teacher? I was telling stories to get kids to shut up during day-care center nap times and a librarian heard me and told me to write them down. Do you have a hero? Seuss is my writing hero. Steven J.
Gould is my scientist hero. And I think that's all. And Batman is my make-believe hero! How old were you when you lost your first tooth? I was five years old. And it was just a little bit loose and my aunt pulled it out. I don't like that aunt. Will you ever illustrate your own books? No, I will not illustrate my own books. I am a lousy artist.
I don't draw good pictures. I wish I were a good artist. If I were a good artist, I would not have to split the money from the books with the artists. Do you write stories in other languages?
Most of my books are translated into French, Spanish, and Chinese. Armenian - I forgot Armenian. And Greek! What inspired Love You Forever? I had two babies die when they were very little and I made up the Love You Forever song for them. About eight years later, the song turned into the story. Have you ever been to Vancouver, B. Yes, I've been to Vancouver a lot. I have three unpublished stories about kids in Vancouver.
What is your favorite book that you have written so far? I think one called Something Good. But that changes a lot. Did you daydream as a child? I daydreamed all the time. I never paid attention.
I never knew what was going on at school, or at home. I still don't know what's going on. I still daydream. What about writing do you not like? I like everything. Have you ever written a Christmas story? I don't have any published Christmas stories.
I have two unpublished Christmas stories.
Did you have any imaginary friends as a child? His name was Bobby Smith. He did everything bad. He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was two years old, and he ran all around the house.
He pulled all the books off the shelves. He pulled all the food out of the refrigerator and he took his mother's watch and flushed it down the toilet. While she rocked him she sang: I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, As long as I'm living my baby you'll be.
The little boy grew. He grew until he was nine years old. And he never wanted to come in for dinner, he never wanted to take a bath, and when grandma visited he always said bad words.
Sometimes his mother wanted to sell him to the zoo! But at night time, when he was asleep, the mother quietly opened the door to his room, crawled across the floor and looked up over the side of the bed. If he was really asleep, she picked up that nine-year-old boy and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while she rocked him she sang: I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, As long as I'm living my baby you'll be.
The boy grew. He grew until he was a teenager. He had strange friends and he wore strange clothes and he listened to strange music. Sometimes the mother felt like she was in a zoo! But at night time, when that teenager was asleep, the mother opened the door to his room, crawled across the floor and looked up over the side of the bed.
If he was really asleep she picked up that great big boy and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. That teenager grew.
He grew until he was a grown-up man. He left home and got a house across town.