Writer/Illustrator Ryan T. Higgins: NORMAN DIDN’T DO IT (YES HE DID) And THANKS FOR NOTHING (Interview)


Interview by Paul Salfen

Ryan T. Higgins is the author and illustrator of the #1 New York Times best-selling We Don’t Eat Our Classmates; the New York Times best-selling Mother Bruce, which received the E. B. White Read Aloud Award and the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor; Hotel Bruce; BE QUIET!; Bruce’s Big Move; and others. He lives in Maine with his three children, three dogs, three cats, one gecko, one tortoise, and one wife.

His two new picture books will delight with his signature wit and whimsy. NORMAN DIDN’T DO IT! is a story about the friendship between a porcupine and a tree. Norman is a porcupine. Mildred is a tree. Norman and Mildred are best friends. Just the two of them. And only the two of them. But when a surprise pops up, life will never be the same again.  Higgins’ humorous approach brilliantly explores the depths and complexities of friendship.

THANKS FOR NOTHING is the latest in the best-selling Mother Bruce series. The air is crisp and the leaves are changing colors. It’s autumn in Soggy Hollow and everyone is thankful. Except for Bruce.

Higgins was born in 1983. Like many children of the 80s, he lived on a diet of cartoons, cheese sandwiches, and climbing trees. Until he was four years old, Ryan wanted to grow up to be a tiger. When that didn’t work out, he decided to become a cartoonist. He’s been making his own cartoons ever since and hasn’t grown up yet (and we’re thankful for that!) Visit him on ryanthiggins.com


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