Because Your Daddy Loves You
Publication Date: April 2005
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My parents saved everything, so I know that I began drawing sometime around age two. I haven't paused since. In fact, my drawings now and my drawings then bear a rather strong resemblance. I have gotten slightly better at hands, but horses remain a problem. For an only child, growing up in New York, Texas, South Carolina and finally for most of the time in Annapolis, Maryland, drawing was fine self-entertainment. Then, as now, I have always enjoyed most making pictures that illustrate a story rather than hang on a wall. Today I live in Barrington, Rhode Island with the lovely Zoe B. Alley, author, wife and mother of our two clever children, Cassandra and Max.
I make my pictures in a studio that has a rolling ladder, more books than I can count and many tubes of half-used, rock-hard paint. For the last ten years one of my big projects has been to illustrate new and old stories of Paddington Bear. I have also made pictures for over one hundred other books since I started doing all this right out of college in 1979. I didn't go to art school, but received a BA in Art History from Haverford College and then spent four years as a staff artist at several greeting card companies. Since then, I have spent my working time in my slippers trying to avoid illustrating stories with horses.
"Give this child's-eye view of a day at the beach with an attentive father high marks for coziness." KIRKUS Kirkus Reviews
"Sure to enjoy a long life as a gift book and a bedtime story." BCCB Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Pays tribute to a father's unconditional love and patience...the color cartoon illustrations echo the lighthearted mood." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL School Library Journal