March 5, 2010

I posted yesterday about a Barnes & Noble clerk who insisted to my sister that Seymour Simon is "not a real person." Thanks to the many friends (some fellow authors or illustrators) who weighed in on my behalf. Here are some of the funny things they wrote.

Jerry Schwarz
Need a new PR person?

Michael Hague
Speaking as one of the walking dead myself…You are very real…Welcome to the Zombie World of Publishing and Bookstores.

Diane deGroat
My brother lives in Boynton Beach. I’ll send him in.

Eric Kimmel
I know they forget all about you after you’re dead, but this is ridiculous!

Lee Bennett Hopkins
Is this the same Simon whose LUNGS—THE MUSICAL might
be a future Broadway production? Or was it GUTs—the musical?

Kate Nealon Slawta
He looked and acted real when he stayed with us in DC this week! And we had a wonderful time, by the way. I vote Yes, he’s real.

Fran Manushkin
Seymour, are you sure you’re not a figment of your imagination?

Diane Stanley
Well it’s good you finally found this out after all these years.

Laura Grosvenor
I was reminded of this quote from the Velveteen Rabbit.
"Real isn’t how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you,  then you become Real."

Well, children love you and so do many of us, so you must be real! 

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