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.
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.
- The Bug in the Jug Wants a Hug: A Short Vowel Sounds Book
- A Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink: What Is a Noun?
- Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What Is an Adjective?
- Dearly, Nearly, Insincerely: What Is an Adverb?
- Peanut Butter and Jellyfishes: A Very Silly Alphabet Book
- Stop and Go, Yes and No: What Is an Antonym?
- Slide and Slurp, Scratch and Burp: More about Verbs
- How Much Can a Bare Bear Bear?: What Are Homonyms and Homophones?
- How Long or How Wide?: A Measuring Guide
- The Action of Subtraction