My favorite childhood book was Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff. What could be better than visiting museums and dinosaurs coming to life? Although I never became a paleontologist or a museum curator--both jobs I considered by reading that one book--it gave me so much joy for reading.
I've moved on to reading many different books since those early childhood years, but Danny and the Dinosaur and Syd Hoff always stood out.
Tomorrow, September 4th is Syd Hoff's birthday centennial. He wrote and illustrated children's books, and if you take a look at his website, I'm sure you'll see some you read as children, or read to your children, as well.
What I didn't realize is he did much more than write children's books. He illustrated cartoons. He wrote mystery short stories, and he wrote books with historical themes. According to his biography, he said in a 1982 newspaper article, "I like to make kids laugh. A lot of people think it’s easy to write for children, but children are critical and have their own requirements. They know immediately whether a book is ‘real’ or not. It can be fantasy, but it must be believable."
(It's something that we authors must remember.)
Have you read Syd Hoff's work?
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