Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Maggie Mason and I are writing thank you notes to our five favorite authors in the #ThankAWriter project. This is letter #2. Please join us! See this post to find out how to create a Go Mighty profile and see all the other inspiring letters.
I don't know if there's anyone who inspired me to write children's books more than Calvin & Hobbes author Bill Watterson. I'm hardly alone in my admiration for him, but what's especially amazing to me is the extent to which I enjoy Calvin & Hobbes comics just as much now as I did when I was a kid.
Here's my thank you note:
Dear Mr. Watterson,
You, perhaps more than any other person, inspired me to write books for children. And most importantly, you taught me that it is important to trust in the intelligence of children. You never dumbed anything down, you always trusted the reader, and the result is that I enjoy "Calvin & Hobbes" just as much at age 32 as I did at age 12.
Your work is a tremendous inspiration and I can't count the number of times I've read the complete series. You also knew how to make an exit so I'll leave this here: THANK YOU.