- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; 9/27/09 edition (October 27, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143116460
- ISBN-13: 978-0143116462
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 88 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
In her own words: "born. bucolic childhood. culture-stuffed adolescence. played piano. stopped. danced. stopped. wrote. discarded writing. drew. reinstated writing. married Tibor Kalman and collaborated at iconoclastic yet successful design studio. wrote and painted children's books. worried. took up Ping-Pong. relaxed. wrote and painted for many magazines. cofounded the Rubber Band Society. amused. children: two. dog: one."
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I immediately bought 4 more copies as gifts for those close friends and family members who have the gift of gentle humor and quirky observation.