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Author Mike Thaler Preparing to Visit Rea View on October 20
Rea View is very excited for the upcoming visit of famous children's books author Mike Thaler!
Mike Thaler, born in Los Angeles, started his professional career drawing cartoons for adults. A children's book editor saw one of his cartoon stories in a national magazine and encouraged Mike to try writing for children. His first attempt met with success, and "The Magic Boy" was published in 1961.
Mike has produced over 220 published books and is known as â€œAmericaâ€™s Riddle King.â€ He has also been called â€œThe Court Jester of Childrenâ€™s Literature.â€
Mike has produced many well-known and loved characters in children's literature. He was the creator of â€œThe Lettermanâ€ for the PBS Electric Company series. Elementary teachers read about Mrs. Green from â€œThe Teacher from the Black Lagoon,â€ and the rest of the Lagoon faculty in his expanding book series with Scholastic publishers.
Bubba and Bumpo from the â€œThe Bully Brothersâ€ books and some of his retold fairy tales like â€œCinderella Bigfootâ€ have won numerous â€œChildrenâ€™s Choiceâ€ awards. His new series, "Tales from the Back Pew" (Zondervan), was released in January 2009.
Mike Thaler lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Patty. He gladly welcomes all invitations to do church and school programs, and other book events. Mike travels each year throughout the world helping children and teachers create their own stories, riddles, and books. He writes and teaches with creativity, inspiring his audiences with a love of language. Mike Thaler is considered one of the most creative forces in children's literature today.
Written by: Diann Harvey
Posted: Oct 07, 2010 by Diann Harvey