Sandra Boyntons newest book is a celebration of moods and moodiness—from happy to angry, and everything in between. In classic Boynton rhyme, and with those captivating characters, the varieties of moods are carefully considered. New York City-based actor Keith Boynton provides the energetic and wry narration for his mothers insightful and funny new book.s written and illustrated more than forty books for both children and adults, as well as more than four thousand greeting cards and four music albums. She has designed—for various companies—calendars, wallpaper, bedding, stationery, paper goods, clothing, jewelry, and plush toys.
In the 1980s, it was hard to enter a gift shop without seeing Sandra Boyntons name. Her humorous pen-and-watercolor cartoons of hippos, ewes, and her famous turkeys (you know, symbolizing the human ones in life who can get you down) were emblazoned on cards, mugs, stickers, stationery...and of course, her wonderful, wacky books, the first of which was 1979s Hippos Go Berserk! . Boynton began her career as a greeting card illustrator with aspirations of theater directing; but having a family changed her focus, and she began devoting herself full-time to art. Her board books, filled with goofy animal illustrations and rhyming verse, are toddler staples. But their appeal to adults is undeniable, and she has also written a number of humor books for the general public. Given the rhythmic, buoyant style of her writing, it was only natural that Boynton would become involved in companion music to her books. From the 90s on, several of her titles included accompanying CDs, culminating in the 2002 release of Philadelphia Chickens, a CD-book extravaganza written with composer Michael Ford and featuring musical performances by several high-profile stars. Who knows what lies ahead for this irrepressible force of nature? If theres one thing Sandra Boynton has proved in the course of her remarkably diverse career, its that shes not lost her capacity to surprise us. (Thank heavens!)