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Throwback Friday? A Childhood Obsession

Most of the time, our formative years are what influence us the most, so I thought today we could share some of our favorite childhood authors!

Mine, and it comes as no surprise to anyone in my family, was Bill Peet. I still have a stack of books somewhere. Now, Bill Peet actually started out as a Disney animator and worked on most of (probably) your favorite old Disney movies from the 40s to the 60s. My favorite non-princess Disney movie is the Sword and the Stone, which Peet had a heavy hand in animating (you can completely tell it was his style in that movie). After leaving Disney, he moved on to writing children’s books, and he wrote many.

As a child, my favorite book of his was Buford the Little Big Horn. It was about a tiny little goat who had huge horns: they were bigger than his body. Since he was a mountain goat, he had troubles climbing the mountains and even though the other goats tried to help, his horns were always getting him in trouble, so he went down to the fields and lived with the cows. Then hunting season came around and he had to flee to the mountains again. In the end, he discovers a hidden talent (though I won’t spoil the ending!) and the moral of the story is that people will love you for who you are.

Buford was my absolute favorite as a kid, and a lot of Peet’s lessons were great for kids to learn. The language didn’t talk down or simplify things. Not to mentions the drawings are all fantastic. Another great one for the art is The Wump World. I also particularly loved Cowardly Clyde, Kermit the Hermit, and The Gnats of Knotty Pine.

Our favorite things as children often come around to influence us in our later years, so who were some of your favorite authors?

Illustration from The Gnats of Knotty Pine
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