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Janet S. Wong

Janet S. Wong is the author of more than a dozen picture books and poetry collections. Her work includes Night Garden: Poems from the World of Dreams, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, and Knock on Wood: Poems About Superstitions, both illustrated by Julie Paschkis, as well as Grump, a Charlotte Zolotow Award Highly Commended Book, illustrated by John Wallace. Janet lives with her family in Medina, Washington.
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My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Why not?

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. blindness

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Wonton noodle soup for breakfast...a school visit with enthusiastic, prepared kids...no traffic on the way back home...a sushi dinner with my husband and son...emails from friends...finding a new poem...falling asleep with the fragrance of gardenias blowing through the window screens. Yes, that would be Perfect Happiness!

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. In another life, I think I was a dog...or the invisible in-between friend of Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "I'll do it tomorrow": I am a terrible procrastinator.

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