Author Russell Hoban died Tuesday, December 13th in hospital in London. Hoban is best known as the author of the Frances books: Bread and Jam for Frances, Bedtime for Frances, A Baby Sister for Frances, A Bargain for Frances. We use Frances-isms in our house all the time.
Being careful isn’t nice; being friends is better.
â€œHow do you know what Iâ€™ll like if you wonâ€™t even try me?â€
â€œThat is how it is, Alice. Your birthday is always the one that is not now.â€
However, as much as I adore all the Frances books, another book called Nothing To Do may be my favorite Hoban picture book. I say â€œmay beâ€ only because I canâ€™t get my hands on a copy, and so I havenâ€™t seen the book in twenty years. In the story, Little Charlotte is bored and canâ€™t find anything to do until her father gives her a talisman that will always keep her busy.
I had no idea, but Mr. Hoban also wrote adult novels and several children’s and young adult novels. “Mr. Hobanâ€™s final book, a young adult novel called Soonchild, about passing stories from one generation to the next, is forthcoming.” (Washington Post obituary) “He had once ruefully observed that death would be a good career move: People will say, ‘yes, Hoban, he seems an interesting writer, letâ€™s look at him againâ€™.” (Wikipedia, Russell Hoban)
Russell Hoban was a fine author and a creative mind. He will be missed.
Fuse #8 Interview with Russell Hoban, November 11, 2010.