Let me explain.
- The author was also the illustrator.
- The illustrations were beautifully well-done. And they were colored in what looked like color pencil.
- From what I remembered, all his books were about animals.
- The books were long.
- Each page had a lot of writing, and the writing was somewhat more difficult. Like it wasn't your typical kids' book.
And I think that's all I could remember. And no one could ever figure out who I was talking about.
Do you see where this is going? James Franco figured it out for me. (I didn't even realize he was listening! LOL) After several years, James Franco answered my question. It's like he just said, "Oh Jenny. This is who it is."Okay, I'll be honest, we didn't technically speak to each other. In all reality, I was reading his debut book, Palo Alto, which is a book of short stories. (Review for that will be up in the near future). I don't even remember which story it was in, but one of his characters is reminiscing back to this specific author's books that he used to read.
As soon as I saw that I may have *gasped*. Is that him?? Are those the books? The name does sound familiar! So I quickly put down the book and googled his name. And I recognized the book covers instantly. They look just the way I remembered from over 20 years ago. And look at one sentence I found on wikipedia:
"Unlike most other children's authors, Peet did not dumb down the vocabulary of his stories, but somehow managed to include enough context to make the meaning of difficult words obvious."
That explains my memory of the books being more difficult.So now the mystery has been solved and I'm excited to head out to the bookstore and check these out! I am very seriously contemplating buying them one at a time for my to-be-started children's book collection. But that is a topic for another day.
Thank you, James Franco!