I Want the Moon Too!

ONCE UPON A TIME, in a kingdom by the sea, there lived a little Princess named Lenore. She was ten years old, going on eleven. One day Lenore fell ill of a surfeit of raspberry tarts and took to her bed.

...[and the princess said] “I want the moon. If I can have the moon, I will be well again.”

From Many Moons, written by James Thurber and illustrated by Louis Slobodkin.

Today is the birthday of James Thurber, 1894 - 1961.
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"The dummy of Harold and the Purple Crayon came this morning, and I've just read it. I don't know what to say about it. It doesn't seem to be a good children's book to me but I'm often wrong - "

From a letter to Crockett Johnson, November 22, 1954, from his editor, Ursula Nordstrom. Read the rest in Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom, collected and edited by Leonard Marcus, Harpercollins, 1998.

Today is Crockett Johnson's birthday. 1906 - 1975.