Winding Oak's Bookology Magazine

Skinny Dip with Elizabeth Verdick

bk_PeepLeap140What keeps you up at night?

Read­ing much, much too late!

What is your proud­est career moment?

In 2005 I won the Hen­ry Bergh Award, which hon­ors books that rec­og­nize the need to treat ani­mals with kind­ness and car­ing (for my book Tails Are Not for Pulling). I got to stand on a stage in New Orleans with Nor­man Brid­well, author/illustrator of the Clif­ford books. I couldn’t believe I was in the same room with him. Plus, he was just as nice as I’d imag­ined he’d be.

Describe your favorite pair of paja­mas ever.

I had a bright red pair of long johns in col­lege, the kind that are all one piece with a flap in the behind. I have no idea when, where, or why I bought them, but I remem­ber one very strange par­ty in the Car­leton Col­lege dorms where every­one was wear­ing long johns and this bright red pair came in handy. They got soaked with beer, stained my skin, and went in the trash when I got back to my room. I’m pret­ty sure beery dorm par­ties are no longer allowed at my alma mater.

What’s the first book you remem­ber read­ing?

Golden BookWhen I was lit­tle, I had a lot of Lit­tle Gold­en Books. Baby’s Moth­er Goose Pat-a-Cake was one of my ear­ly favorites. (I was obsessed with any­thing that had a cat on it. Still am.) The pages of the book are now fad­ed, yel­lowed, and torn. The art was by Aure­lius Battaglia, and one inte­ri­or illus­tra­tion looks a lot like my cat Tom, a tuxe­do cat with per­fect white mit­tens and bright green eyes. Now all he needs is a big red bow.

Which book of yours was the most dif­fi­cult to write or illus­trate?

Peep Leap, my first pub­lished work of fic­tion for chil­dren. It took me years! I had writ­ten non­fic­tion but not stories…I had a long learn­ing curve.

What’s your favorite line from a book?

I still love “Let the wild rum­pus start!” It gives me shiv­ers. I feel pow­er­ful like Max in Where the Wild Things Are.

What book do you tell every­one to read?

The Absolute­ly True Diary of a Part-time Indi­an. It made me laugh so hard I almost peed.


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