Top Quotes from Brian P. Cleary

It’s perfectly okay if you don’t understand every single one of them. For one thing, I make a lot of corny jokes, and you have to be 40 years old to get some of them.

Brian P. Cleary

Kids enjoy laughing and are seldom bored when they find something funny. They also ask questions, often to adults, because they understand that the more words they can comprehend about a funny story or a joke, the more they’ll enjoy it.

Brian P. Cleary

When a kid can understand that a word can mean two things, there’s some real thinking going on. They have a vested interest in finding out what a word means, because it’s the punch line to a joke.

Brian P. Cleary

You want a story? Read ‘Gone With the Wind’. These aren’t stories. They’re joke books. The whole thing of a beginning, a middle and an end has been done to death.

Brian P. Cleary

In writing I found something I could do at least as well as my peers, if not better.

Brian P. Cleary

If I have a talent for making some fourth-grader who hates school and reading to hate it a little less, then I have to do the most with what I’ve been issued.

Brian P. Cleary

These are books that want to be read out loud. These are books kids share with each other, and I think that’s important.

Brian P. Cleary

Our cat is kind dove shellfish, and thinks the world is hers, She finds a comfy spot and then we pet turtle sheep purrs.

Brian P. Cleary

I love the semicolon; it’s unnecessary, but graceful and sophisticated.

Brian P. Cleary

I like all things grammatical, and I had already written several books about parts of speech, and even the alphabet, so everything that makes up a sentence and even a word was covered except for punctuation.

Brian P. Cleary