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Robert Norman Munsch
Born June 11, 1945 (1945-06-11) (age 64)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Fordham University
Boston University
Period Since 1979
Genres Children's literature
Notable work(s) The Paper Bag Princess
Love You Forever
Notable award(s) Order of Canada
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Robert Norman Munsch, CM (born 11 June 1945) is an American-born Canadian children's author.

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Personal life and career

Robert Munsch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Fordham University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and from Boston University in 1971 with a Master of Arts degree in anthropology.

He studied to become a Jesuit priest, but decided he would rather work with children after jobs at orphanages and daycare centers. In 1973, he received a Master of Education in Child Studies from Tufts University. In 1975 he moved to Canada to work at the preschool at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario. He also taught in the Department of Family Studies at the University of Guelph as a lecturer and as an assistant professor. In Guelph he was encouraged to publish the many stories he made up for the children he worked with.

Munsch's wife delivered two stillborn babies in 1979 and 1980. Out of the tragedy, he produced one of his best-known books, Love You Forever. This book was listed fourth on the 2001 Publishers Weekly All-Time Best selling Children's Books list for paperbacks at 6,970,000 copies (not including the 1,049,000 hardcover copies).[1] The Munsches have since become adoptive parents of Julie, Andrew and Tyya.

Munsch has obsessive-compulsive disorder and also suffers from manic depression.[2] In August 2008, Munsch suffered a stroke that affected his ability to speak in normal sentences. He has recovered enough that he is able to perform live, but has put his writing career on hold until he is fully recovered.[3]

Writing style

Munsch is known for his manic storytelling methods, with exaggerated expressions and acted voices. He makes up his stories in front of audiences and refines them through repeated tellings. He has said "It takes 200 tellings for a story to get good."[citation needed]

His stories do not have a recurring single character, instead the characters are based on the children to whom he first told the story, including his own children. He often performs at children's festivals and appears at elementary schools, sometimes unannounced. He is a bestselling author in both the United States and Canada, and has sold over 30 million books, more than any other Canadian author.

Munsch has written over 40 books, and has written several unpublished stories.

Awards and honours

In 1999 Munsch was made a Member of the Order of Canada. On June 16, 2009, it was announced that Munsch would receive a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto. The induction ceremony was held on September 12, 2009.[4][5]

Publications

Year Title ISBN
1979 Mud Puddle ISBN 1550374680
The Dark ISBN 1550374508
1980 The Paper Bag Princess ISBN 0920236162
1981 Jonathan Cleaned Up-Then He Heard A Sound ISBN 0920236219
1982 Murmel Murmel Murmel ISBN 155037012X
The Boy in the Drawer ISBN 0920303501
1983 David's Father ISBN 1550370111
1984 Mortimer ISBN 0920303110
1985 Thomas' Snowsuit ISBN 1554511151
1986 50 Below Zero ISBN 092023691X
Love You Forever ISBN 0920668372
1987 I Have To Go! ISBN 092030351X
1988 Angela's Airplane ISBN 0920236758
Millicent and The Wind ISBN 0920236936
1989 Giant; or Waiting for the Thursday Boat
Pigs! ISBN 1550373889
1990 Something Good ISBN 1550373900
1991 Good Families Don't
Show and Tell
1992 A Promise is a Promise
Moira's Birthday
Purple Green and Yellow ISBN 1554511135
1994 Where is Gah-Ning?
1995 From Far Away
1996 Get Me Another One
Stephanie's Ponytail ISBN 1554511143
1997 Alligator Baby
1998 Get Out of Bed
The Fire Station ISBN 1550371711
Wait and See
1999 Andrew's Loose Tooth
We Share EVERYTHING!
2000 Aaron's Hair
Mmm, Cookies
2001 Up, Up, Down
2002 Makeup Mess (April)
More Pies
Playhouse
Ribbon Rescue
2003 Lighthouse
Zoom
2004 Boo!
Smelly Socks
2005 The Sandcastle Contest
2006 Deep Snow
I'm So Embarrassed!
No Clean Clothes ISBN 0439937906
2007 Class Clown
2008 Just One Goal ISBN 0545990351
Look at Me!
2009 Down the Drain ISBN 0545986001
Roar ISBN 0545980208

Compilations

Year Title
1998 Munschworks, The First Munsch Collection
1999 Munschworks 2, The Second Munsch Treasury
2000 Munschworks 3, The Third Munsch Treasury
2001 Munschworks Grand Treasury
2002 Munschworks 4: The Fourth Munsch Treasury
2004 Munsch More!
2007 Much More Munsch!

2010

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