Tad Hills is the author and illustrator of the well known Duck & Goose series and, most recently, the bestselling picture book How Rocket Learned to Read. Tad studied painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, creative writing, and poetry at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York; but says that his greatest education came with the arrival of his two children.
TCBR: You have a stack—or should I say, a whole shelf—of published books under your belt. Which of these books has had the biggest impact on your writing and/or illustrating career?
Tad Hills: I would have to say that Duck & Goose had the biggest impact on my career. Prior to Duck & Goose I had published a bunch of novelty books, such as touch and feel board books and a book of knock-knock jokes. These books were fun and interactive but had no storyline, no narrative. Duck & Goose was my first attempt at writing a picture book. It was the book that made me feel like an illustrator AND an author.
This list of books for dog lovers is one that I’ve been compiling for a while, waiting for an opportune moment—the right doggone moment—to let it of the leash for all of you to enjoy.
The Dog Days of summer seemed like it would be the right moment, especially when I received an e-mail from Emily Pourciau of Random House Children’s Books that began with: Usher in the DOG DAYS of summer with titles from Random House Children’s Books!
So, I waited patiently for the Dog Days of summer to arrive. Very patiently! Only to have them arrive by surprise, stay for two days, and then disappear. Well, I hope they come back; however, even if they don’t, I know all of you dog lovers will find joy in the following books.