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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Thornton P. Knowles On His Rejected Children's Book

I got the idea of writing a children's book for the smart, six-year-old misfit. I called the book, The Frog Who Ate The Pocket Watch. I wrote it in three days and sent it to my agent. When she didn't respond I gave her a call. Is this some kind of joke? she asked. No, I said, I think the little brats will love it. A kid would have to be mentally ill to like this book, she said. Well that's great, I replied. We've got a huge market! She hung up on me. That ended my career as a children's book writer. I liked the title. Perhaps I'll jack it up and throw another book under it.

Thornton P. Knowles

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