As the headline says, here’s my very first book dedication, to my sweetheart husband,
I thought that was a very nice message, and he was pleased. I was excited to share it with my parents as they opened my first published book, What Should a Hippo Wear? — published by Houghton Mifflin, back in 1979.
My mother, though, didn’t see it the way I did. She said, with her New York intonation, “Why not a million?” Sometimes mothers need to cut you down to size, I guess. But she did have a point … And all these years later, I should thank Al for a billion reasons.