Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults alumnus Eric Pinder’s most recent book is reviewed in the upcoming issue of the Sunday New York Times Book Review. His picture book, titled If All the Animals Came Inside, was illustrated by Marc Brown, of Arthur the Aardvark fame and released from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
If All the Animals Came Inside is included in the NYT article “No Peeking,” about new children’s books with animal themes. In the article Leonard S. Marcus says Pinder’s narrative is “told in nicely turned, high-energy verse.” He also discusses its “farcical, made-for-slapstick premise with distant echoes of well-known stories as different as the Yiddish folk tale It Could Always Be Worse and Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat.”
If All the Animals Came Inside was written while Eric was a student in VCFA’s program and was part of his creative thesis. He graduated in 2011.