Friday, November 16, 2007

In The Coop with Tom Lichtenheld

Have you met Tom? He's a swell guy who writes and illustrates even sweller books. (We're not sure if there is a word "sweller," but we think there should be, just for Tom.) Some of our favorites include Everything I Know About Pirates, What Are You So Grumpy About?, and What's With This Room?

Tom is not afraid to mention boogers or poo in his books. We like that in a person.

Check out his website,

If you could live in one of your books, which one would you choose?

“What Are YOU So Grumpy About” because I like being around kids who are just a teeny bit grumpy for a not-very-good reason. That way I have excuse to act goofy so I can cheer them up. If I’m goofy enough, their mood changes and they laugh at me and themselves and they’ve got all the Grumpies out of their system for the day, then we can REALLY have some fun.

Do you prefer the Marx Bros or Three Stooges?
The Marx Brothers, because their characters are more diverse; from Goucho, whose humor was verbal, to Harpo, whose humor was all expressions and sight gags. I also like the way they poked fun at high society.

What was your best Halloween costume ever?

I cut a hole in a table, stuck my head through it and went as the centerpiece. The table was all set and I had flowers in my hair. Very Martha Stewart.

What is your Dream Job for a Day?

Race car driver. I got to drive fast cars on a race track recently and it was unbelievable fun.

Clown V. Mime Deathmatch. Pick your winner.
Clown, definitely. Because everything a mime does is pretend, so they can’t really hit or poke or bite or do anything that would hurt the clown. A clown on the other hand, always has good props that can be used as weapons; like a big horn, a unicycle or a Chihuahua. If nothing else, the clown could get in his little car and just run over the mime. What’s the mime going to do….call for help?

Funniest dead person you'd like to meet?

Mark Twain, who once said, “Outside of dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” Now that’s funny.


Anonymous said...

Groucho said the dog line.

Twain was funny, too.

miss gin said...

You didn't mention that Tom is the illustrator of the graphics to be used in ILA's 2008 summer reading program - Get in the Game, Read!

Hooray for Tom Lichtenheld!