Diane Goode

Diane Goode is the illustrator of dozens of beloved and critically acclaimed picture books, including several written by Cynthia Rylant: Alligator Boy; When I Was Young in the Mountains, a Caldecott Honor Book; and most recently, Baby Face: A Book of Love for Baby. She is also the illustrator of President Pennybaker and My Mom is Trying to Ruin My Life, both by Kate Feiffer. She lives and works in Watchung, New Jersey, with her husband, David, and their two dogs, Jack and Daisy. Visit her at web.mac.com/goodedog.

Books by this Author

Outside the Box
Ballerina Rosie
Louise the Big Cheese and the Ooh-la-la Charm School
President Pennybaker
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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Less is more.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. The little spider in "Charlotte's Web".

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Stop barking!

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. swimming

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Lateness.

Author Voices

February 22, 2010

Did your mother ever force you to wear ugly brown shoes, with laces and rubber soles that squeaked when you walked? You know the kind....."practical shoes". Worse still, did your best friend show up the next day with the very shoes you coveted? This book was right on the mark for me....I had to wear horrid Buster Brown shoes with thick laces...and white anklets to boot. No la-di-da shoes for this girl! The only redeeming factor was that the soles were so thick and strong they were GREAT for roller skating, the clamps held on beautifully! But I too saw a pair of la-di-da shoes that I longed for and they were black patent leather with sparkly toes....some... see more

September 08, 2009

Louise's debut is fast approaching....Sept. 8th. Will her dream of starring as Cinderella in Mrs. Little's class play be realized? Will there be a big Broadway director in the audience, who will recognize her talents and make her the Divine Diva she always wanted to be? Or.....will something go awry? Might her mousy best friend, Fern, get the part? Might Louise be relegated to the role of gray mouse and see her hopes dashed, or will she rise to the occasion and prove what true friendship can do? The book was written by my friend, Elise Primavera. She's a brilliant illustrator in her own right, it's the first time anyone has illustrated any of her books.... see more

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