Yours is a small genre--children's book cartoons. Do you have a great rivalry with the underpants guy?
I take comedy very seriously, and I feel very competitive. But not with Captain Underpants in particular.
Maurice Sendak said he didn't intend to write for children. Did you?
I labored for eight years thinking I was writing a book for adults that was a nostalgic look back on childhood. Then my publisher informed me I'd written a children's book.
How did you take the news?
It took me a few minutes to get over the shock, but my sensibilities are G-rated anyway. Some...