|Author: Ellen Raskin|
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|For the answers to many important questions, children should try this "story crammed with baffling word puzzles, a dozen zany characters, uproariously funny situations, and unmitigated slapstick" ("The Horn Book"). Reissue.|
Illustrator and author Ellen Raskin graduated from the University of Wisconsin and moved to New York City, where she began a career as a freelance artist. Raskin's first foray into the world of children's literature was as an illustrator of works by other authors. The first book she both wrote and illustrated was 1966's NOTHING EVER HAPPENS ON MY BLOCK. The later part of her career brought her from illustrating picture books to writing novels for middle readers. These novels featured wordplay, mystery, and strange and amusing characters. Her final work, the fascinating and unusual mystery THE WESTING GAME, won the 1979 Newbery Medal.