We are huge Peter Brown fans in this house. It started with Children Make Terrible Pets, a bedtime favorite that always ends in a gaggle of giggles.You have to agree, right? They really do make terrible pets.

Then we grew to love A Curious Garden {pun intended}. The Bug will frequently pull this book — a tale of a little boy who tended an urban garden, transforming a bleak cityscape to one of lush, vibrant environment. The illustrations are just as captivating as the story.
Meet Author/Illustrator Peter Brown - (cool) progeny

Peter is making an appearance at The Ivy Bookshop on Wednesday, so hopefully we’ll have a chance to meet him and pick-up his latest book, My Teacher is a Monster. We caught up with Peter over email to chat about tomorrow’s appearance, his new book, and his plans while he’s in town.

Ironically, he doesn’t have a pet.
Meet Author/Illustrator Peter Brown - (cool) progeny

meet author/illustrator peter brown

We’re so excited you’re headed to Baltimore to share My Teacher is a Monster (No, I am Not).  What’s one thing you plan to do while you’re in town?
I’ll definitely be eating crab cakes. My best friend lives in Baltimore and we’re going to chow down.

We know that children make terrible pets — but do you have a pet? What makes a good one?
I don’t have a pet. I’d really love a well-behaved dog, though I’d probably learn more about myself if I had a poorly-behaved one. Regardless, I travel way too much to have a pet.
Meet Author/Illustrator Peter Brown - (cool) progeny

Tell us about your newest book, My Teacher is a Monster (No, I am Not). What inspired the story?
If we’re lucky, we’ll meet all kinds of difficult people over the course of our lives. Sometimes it happens when we’re young. Sometimes the difficult person is a teacher. But some of the best lessons can be learned from those experiences. I’ve had a few difficult teachers over the years, and I swirled them together to make my character Ms. Kirby. We see her from the point of view of Bobby, who’s sure she’s a monster, until he bumps into her in the park.

How did you end up being an author?
I came to writing through art. I’ve always loved drawing and telling stories with my drawings. When I was in art school I took a few children’s book classes and realized that I could make a career out of telling stories with my art. Then I started dabbling with writing, and before long I’d fallen head-over-heels in love with words. So I combined my two loves and started writing and illustrating children books.
Meet Author/Illustrator Peter Brown - (cool) progeny
What three things inspire you right now?
Trees, especially really big ones, or really small ones. Abandoned buildings, especially mysterious ones you find in the woods. Animals who build things, like beavers and bower birds.

Meet Peter Brown at The Ivy Bookshop!

Peter will be making an appearance at The Ivy Bookshop on Wednesday, February 18th at 4:30 PM! The event is FREE but please RSVP to info@theivybookshop.com or 410-377-2966