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Profile of Judith Viorst, Her Lulu Musical and Her Alexander Movie

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Post has a wonderful profile of my dear friend Judith Viorst, whose Lulu and the Brontosaurus is being turned into a musical and whose Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is being made into a movie starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner.  There are already two short filmed versions, one animated, but I can’t wait to see a full-length feature.  I love what she says about her characters:

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“Most of the characters I have in my children’s books are grouchy or annoyed about something, or are calling each other unfriendly names,” she said. She was sitting back in a chair in her living room, her brown hair tucked behind her ears and her legs crossed, speaking between sips of iced tea and bites of M&Ms. “Like my own kids, they’re not honeys and sweetie pies and little angels. They’re kids. Sloppy, dirty, stinky. Lulu, I pushed the envelope a little further, I think, than I have. But I really liked her.”

Me, too!

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