If our son hadn’t come into our lives a few years ago, my wife and I never would have discovered such great tomes as The Going to Bed Book; Blue Hat, Green Hat; But Not the Hippopotamus; and my personal favorite, Happy Hippo, Angry Duck. Her work spans more than fifty books as of this writing.
Ms. Boynton began writing and drawing greeting cards. Who could ever forget the birthday greeting:”Hippo Birdie Two Ewes.” It’s sold over ten million copies. Along with children’s books, she writes and directs plays, composes music and produces albums.
Move over Eastman, Seuss, and Silverstein, there’s a new dog in town. (Not to say Boynton is a dog. But she does draw a lot of them in her books. And cows, and chickens, and well, a whole zoo of critters.) If you have children and have yet to introduce them to Barnyard Dance!, what are you waiting for? If your an adult sans rug-rats, give yourself a treat and stop by your local library or browse the children’s section of your favorite bookstore. Everyone needs a little brilliant silliness once-in-a-while.