Russell Hoban (1925-2011) was an American novelist and children’s writer.
What makes Russell Hoban’s writing so memorable, and creates passionate devotees of those lucky enough to discover his work, is his patented blend of droll, arch humor mixed. Dave Awl.
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Russell worked in a rambling (some might say chaotic) study which he called his “exobrain”, actually a large reception room at the front of the upper ground floor of his house in Fulham. The Guardian
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His children’s books are the kind of enduring classics that are remembered fondly by adults who grew up on them decades ago; they still delight children today, while containing enough sly wit—and often, surprisingly sophisticated ideas—that they engage, enlighten and move the adults who pick them up as well. ocelotfactory
Here’s a scene from Bread and Jam For Francis:
“Why do you keep eating bread and jam,” asked father.
When you have a lovely egg?”
“I like bread and jam,” said Frances.
Because it does not slide off your spoon in a funny way.”
Have you read any of his children’s books?