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Robert Munsch's storytelling ingredients

When it comes to storytelling, Robert Munsch knows what kids like. "They like a lot of repetition, a lot of sound effects," says the children's author and storyteller in this 1980 CBC Radio interview. There are also certain themes that are sure to please a crowd of kiddies, says Munsch: getting dirty, wetting your pants, getting mad at your mother - anything in which the kids are having conflict with adults is "a good theme for a children's story," he explains.

• Munsch also included this funny anecdote on his website: "Mud Puddle always worked well when I told it except for one time in the High Arctic in a little town called Spence Bay. When I told it there the kids did not laugh. After I finished one kid asked, 'What is mud?'"
 

• (Note: the version of Mud Puddle that Munsch tells in this clip has been edited down for copyright reasons.)

• Since the publication of Mud Puddle, Munsch has published more than 40 books, which have all together sold more than 30 million copies. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Among his best-known works are The Paper Bag Princess (1980), Mortimer (1984) and I Have to Go! (1987). His book Love You Forever (1986) is by far his most popular, having sold more than 20 million copies around the world.

• Munsch was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1999, and in June 2009, it was announced that Munsch would receive a star on Canada's Walk of Fame. 

Medium: Radio
Program: Don Harron's Morningside
Broadcast Date: Aug. 22, 1980
Guest(s): Robert Munsch
Announcer: Vicki Gabereau
Interviewer: Don Harron
Duration: 5:52
This clip was edited for copyright reasons.

Last updated: August 1, 2012

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