|"I found a small copy of The Gnomes' Almanac by a little-known Viennese
author, Ida Bohtta Morpugo. It was a cutout book simply titled: A Book for
Children. In it, the pictures and verse about bugs, butterflies, and mice
really came to life. That got me drawing and writing...
Whatever I do next, I know I love making stories. The bookmaking process is
a liberation for me from the years I toiled to produce handmade items. I
think the life of a children's book author is bliss."
David Kirk, the celebrated creator of the best-selling Miss Spider picture
books, grew up in the wild and boundless suburbs of central Ohio, where he
learned about insects and painting. The leading authority on the rare and
beautiful Arachne Vulgaris Florivora, he is considered by many to be central
New York's finest bug poet.
David has been making toys and art for children for over fifteen
years. He also designs furniture which, together with his one-of-a-kind
toys and paintings, are treasured by collectors. He is looking forward
to the March 31st premiere of his very first animated television
special, Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Kids, on Nickelodeson
at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). It's a rollicking and heartwarming tale for the
whole family, produced by Corus Entertainment's Nelvana, in collaboration
with Callaway & Kirk.
Mr. Kirk lives in upstate New York with his wife, Kathy, and his
daughters, Violet, Primrose, and Wisteria.