The woman who runs the whimsical world from her 100-acre Connecticut farm, Sandra Boynton, has just one assistant, that's it. She has sold a half billion copies of over 4,000 greeting cards. If they were stacked on top of each other, all the copies in print of all 850,000 Boynton boardbooks would form a giant pyramid reaching to the moon. [Since most of them have been gnawed to shreds, though, the pyramid won't stay up. Also, I may have the number of titles wrong.] But just one book, her Barnyard Dance!, has sold 2.3 million copies since 1993. She hangs out with Meryl Streep, and she found it easy to get anyone she wants to record on her new music CD's because, "many managers of the big musical acts were men in their 30s who had young children who loved her books."
OOOH, NO! You're not gonna pin this one on us, New York TImes! Do you see any male fingerprints on all those snuggly wittle greeting cards? I didn't think so.
The Power of Whimsy [nyt]