[…] A bear of a man with a twinkle in his eye, even the harsh words and occasional expletive fail to conceal the remaining traces of the Indiana farm boy still residing inside his elderly frame. Even as he spoke, John realized that a tiny part of Bill Peet was still off in the countryside catching frogs in the creek. After nearly 60 years of writing and illustrating animated films and storybooks for three generations of the world’s children, Bill Peet was just catching his second wind.

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