… is a SMALL children’s picture book with a BIG life lesson
I Don’t. I Don’t. I Do! is a children’s book that offers a delightful portrayal of a day in the life of a young boy, showing the tradeoffs he must make to get his heart’s desires. Authored by Linda Cooper, the boy’s compromises — playfully captured by Illustrator Jonathan R. Hodge — show that sharing snacks, taking naps and taking turns are often prerequisites for going out to play, making friends and having fun.
About the Author – Linda Cooper
Before she began writing, Linda Cooper taught English in New Orleans high schools and English as a Second Language at Tulane University.
The title and idea for I Don’t. I Don’t. I Do! came to her overnight: “I woke one morning with it swirling in my head.” But there it remained germinating for years while she was raising children and teaching.
During that time, she noticed how often the book’s premise applied to adults, to students studying to earn a degree or teachers grading papers to earn a paycheck. Even to writers like Dorothy Parker, who once quipped: “I hate writing; I love having written.”
How true, Cooper said, pleased that she finally sat down and transformed I DON’T into I DO!
About the Illustrator – Jonathan Hodge
Artist and book illustrator Jonathan R. Hodge is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design. His portfolio includes medical illustrations for Stanford University, commissioned portraits on copper plates, and a large history painting entitled Wrath of Katrina, depicting people stranded in the floodwaters of the hurricane that hit New Orleans in 2005.
He was a featured speaker at the 2012 Seventh International Conference on the Arts in Society held in Liverpool, England, in conjunction with the Cultural Olympiad, an extension of the London Olympics.
I Don’t. I Don’t. I Do! is a publication of Hungry Mutt.