Peggy Parish was born and grew up in Manning, South Carolina. Before moving to New York City, she taught school in the Panhandle country and in coal-mining areas. Her first job in New York City was with the Girl Scouts, and she now teaches the third grade at the Dalton School in Manhattan. Miss Parish is the author of several other books for children, including the popular Let's Be Indians.
Marc Simont was born in 1915 in Paris. His parents were from the Catalonia region of Spain, and his childhood was spent in France, Spain, and the United States. Encouraged by his father, Joseph Simont, an artist and staff illustrator for the magazine L'Illustration, Marc Simont drew from a young age. Though he later attended art school in Paris and New York, he considers his father to have been his greatest teacher.
When he was nineteen, Mr. Simont settled in America permanently, determined to support himself as an artist. His first illustrations for a children's book appeared in 1939. Since then, Mr. Simont has illustrated nearly a hundred books, working with authors as diverse as Margaret Wise Brown and James Thurber. He won a Caldecott Honor in 1950 for illustrating Ruth Krauss's The Happy Day, and in in 1957 he was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his pictures in A Tree is Nice, by Janice May Udry.
Internationally acclaimed for its grace, humor, and beauty, Marc Simont's art is in collections as far afield at the Kijo Picture Book Museum in Japan, but the honor he holds most dear is having been chosen as the 1997 Illustrator of the Year in his native Catalonia. Mr. Simont and his wife have one grown son, two dogs and a cat. They live in West Cornwall, Connecticut. Marc Simont's most recent book is The Stray Dog.
I purchased this book because it was my FAVORITE children's book. I just had to have it in my life.Published 14 days ago by Ivette
I cannot understand why a children's book should start on the first page with a narrative of a kid habitually screaming with her parent, and hiding things from her. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Henry Rosenberg
My son checked this out from the library at school and we read it together as a family. As I read the story, both of my boys, ages 6 and 8, sat glued to every word as I read. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Darena Shopz
A great read aloud and so many children are afraid at night. Surprise ending and lots of laughs. A sure winner for class or home library. Very good price.Published 12 months ago by teacher
This was one of my childhood favorites and my three year old loves having me read this to him over and over.Published 13 months ago by Kimberly Larson
My sons are just starting to read and then did not get into this book. We started to read it one night and the following they wanted another book.Published 16 months ago by Brooke
My son is obsessed with monsters. He absolutely loves this book. The story is really cute, and it's a great bedtime story because it isn't just a 3 page book. Read morePublished 18 months ago by tiana
My 5 and 8 year olds listened with rapt attention while my 5 yo followed along in the book. My 11 yo was nearby and thought it was cute. Read morePublished 18 months ago by amazon user