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My Mommy Hung the Moon is your
ninth bestselling picture book. Tell me about the story behind
It's a book about mother love. It's a book about that incredible
bond between a mom and a child.
What led you to write it?
I've written quite a few books now with this 'books to grow by'
banner: books about ideas, feelings and the complications of being
a young person. What popped into my mind this time was this
discussion of 'mother love,' and that a mother is everything for a
child. That hadn't been talked about as much. We've sort of missed
the boat on remembering that the most important relationship a
child has is with her mother. So I felt that it was time.
Did your own mother inspire you while
No, but of course, if you write a book called, My Mommy Hung
the Moon, you think fondly of your own mother. And, although
this book wasn't written about my mother - it was written about my
relationship with my son [Tom] - I of course loved my mother and
respected her for all that she was able to provide me. It was
dedicated to my mother.
How did you end up partnering with Laura
I partnered with her years ago when I was writing my first book,
When I Was Little: A Four Year Old's Memoir of Her Youth,
when I realized that I wanted an illustrator that drew pictures
that looked like real life.
There was a book that I had - my daughter's name is Anne, and
the book was Annie Bananie, and the illustrations made me
laugh because they looked like real kids. They had scabs on their
knees, their teeth were missing, their hair was askew, and it's how
I felt growing up. I did not feel like a pretty child the way
illustrations make all children look really pretty. I was much more
aligned with Pipi Longstocking. The drawings were wacky and funny
and had great perspective, so I asked if she could do my first book
20 years ago.
I know! And we've done nine books together and we're just
heading into our tenth.
My son became an instant fan of the book, and it now has
a permanent home on his nightstand. I think it's the rainbow
illustration that really caught his attention.
It's such a beautiful picture. That's the illustration that
Harper Collins picked as the poster for the book.
And the birds where the kids learn how to burp… I mean, I think
the illustrations are [Laura's] best ever. I think she's more
inventive with these illustrations than she's ever been and I'm
just thrilled to be able to partner with her.
You were just at a book-signing event at Anderson's
Bookshop in Naperville.
Anderson's is absolutely one of my most favorite places I've
ever been. I just think back - we did Anderson's once - and I
remember saying, 'This is what it should be.' It's local, it's
hamish, which is a Yiddish word for 'family,' and it's for
readers. The people who buy books from Anderson's are readers. They
love the printed word.
You have a new movie, You
Again, coming out Sept. 24 that stars a great
mix of gals like Betty White and Sigourney Weaver. Will it explore
those complications of being a young person you touched on
The movie is everybody's worst nightmare. The girl that ruined
your life in high school comes back when you're, in this case, a
young adult, and marries your brother. Then, the girl who's
marrying my son in the movie - her aunt is the family member who
comes for the wedding, and turns out to be my high school enemy.
So, two generations of high school enemies are marrying into the
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