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Ira Sleeps Over Hardcover – July 27, 1973
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My own early efforts at drawing were mostly confined to the laborious copying of photographs of film stars and other celebrities. I received respectable grade in art classes during my school years but doubt I thought it seriously indicated a career direction. Perhaps art seemed too frivolous for one raised during the Depression. Besides, I grew up a rather earnest young man and chose instead to major in finance at the University of Pennsylvania. After just one year of schooling, World War II interrupted those rather high-minded plans. Perhaps it was moving about, meeting people of various backgrounds and experience -- I don't recall a precise moment--but somehow during those army days my interest shifted to drawing and painting.
Returning to civilian life, I discarded high finance for enrollment at the Philadelphia College of Art. It was a decision I never regretted. During the four years I attended school I found great joy in painting and drawing. Soon after graduating, and newly married,
Ethel and I moved to New York, a city we loved at once and still do. I celebrated that feeling with the eventual publication of The House on East 88th Street (1962). My first
New York employment was in the promotion department of Condé Nast Publications, and although I continued in the magazine field for many years, writing and illustrating children's books was my primary interest since 1961.
My involvement with children's books originated with some illustrations of children I carried in my art portfolio. Several art directors suggested that my drawings seemed suited for children's books. At the same time, I was also having read-aloud sessions with my own three children. I am afraid enthusiasm for "their" books began, in fact, to cause them occasional discomfort. "Daddy, why don't you look at the grownups' books" they chided. Before too long I was mailing out stories and ideas to publishers. Rejections followed but after a time a cheery encouragement arrived from Houghton Mifflin Company, and to my delight, a contract was offered for Lorenzo.
In one way or another, I seem to find myself thinking of children's books most of the time. I even enjoy the period in between books for it is then (I hope) that I am susceptible to all manner of adventurous thought. I've never been good at thinking at the typewriter. I seem to write best when in motion. Trains, subways, even elevators seem to shake ideas loose in my head. Although I write and illustrate, I believe if I had to choose between the two, I would choose writing. There's a freedom about writing that appeals to me. You can do it almost anywhere--and I have.
Top Customer Reviews
"Suppose Ira doesn't like sleeping without his teddy bear.
Suppose he absolutely hates sleeping without his teddy bear.
Should he take his teddy bear with him? Will Reggie laugh at him?"
Ira Sleeps Over is an outstanding, read-aloud bedtime tale. It is written with a firm grasp of kindergarten logic and will appeal to children and parents alike. Bernard Waber did a wonderful job of properly pacing the dialogue and it really is a delight to read out loud. There are a couple characters, providing an enjoyable opportunity to affect different voices and even different styles for the same character at different times.
The book runs 48 pages, but it is very easy to finish in under ten minutes. My wife and I frequently read it to our two boys. It is a favorite of our 4-year-old and occupies a proud place among the top bedtime books on our shelf.
The Author's Message in this story is it is okay to be different. I chose this because when Ira saw that Reggie had a teddy bear and Ira promised that he would not laugh at Reggie's teddy bear name. If you like Ira Sleeps Over you might like Bad Case of the stripes. You might like this because they both have the same Author's Message it is okay to be different. I liked the story because I like having sleepovers and I like teddy bears. I think you should buy this book at the store. I live in Killingly, Connecticut, USA. I am 7 years old.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There's a new baby in our friend's family and they named him Ira. I had to get this book for him. Any other books with Ira as a character for children?Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of my favorite children's books. My classrooms of preschoolers, kindergarteners and first graders always loved it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by L. M. Keefer
A classic which my children loved and which I have given as a gift to young parents.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good book! It was on our daughters Summer Reading List and she enjoyed the storyPublished 5 months ago by TeeTee
This is a childhood classic and favorite. If your child is having his/her first sleepover, or has a special bed buddy, then your family will enjoy this book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Throwing a crazy pillow fight, rummaging through the treasures of a junk collection (bottle caps, fake mustaches, stamps, office supplies), telling scary ghost stories... Read morePublished 7 months ago by E. Huinda
Both of my kids (2 and 9), as well as me (I read it when I was a kid), love this story. Great bedtime story.