Brian P. Cleary

Brian P. Cleary is the author of the Words Are CATegorical®, Math Is CATegorical®, Food Is CATegorical™, and Animal Groups Are CATegorical™ series, as well as several picture books. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Interview

What was your favorite book when you were a child?

The title was Your Own Joke Book. I still have a copy. It was filled with funny riddles, jokes, poems and stories.

What’s your favorite line from a book?

It’s actually a little poem:
“Twas in a restaurant they met—
Romeo and Juliet.
He had no cash to pay the debt,
So Rome-owed what Julie-et.”

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, Ogden Nash

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

Several answers come to mind:
I get to write (sign my name) in the library books when I visit schools.
I have something that will live on after I’m not around anymore.
As an author you get to influence people from all over, nearly all of whom have never met you.
It really is fun and interesting work.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Read. Expose your self to lots of cool ideas. Don’t fall in love with the first thing you put on a page. A good paper, poem, or book isn’t written, it’s rewritten.