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Author/illustrators share thoughts on Moore tornado

Dav Pilkey, Lincoln Peirce and Stephan Pastis discuss helping Moore children and their thoughts on the deadly May tornado.
by Ken Raymond Modified: September 20, 2013 at 5:54 pm •  Published: September 22, 2013

We posed two questions to three of the author/illustrators who are helping raise money for libraries at Moore's tornado-damaged schools.

What does it mean to you to be able to help the children of Moore?

Knowing children are your biggest fans, what did you think when you read about or saw video of the destroyed Moore schools?

Here are their responses:

Dav Pilkey, author/illustrator of the “Captain Underpants” series

I'm very grateful to Jeff Kinney for organizing and setting up this benefit. I hope that in some small way, we'll be able to help bring some fun and laughter (as well as library books) to the schools that were so affected by the tornado last May.

I've been making comics and writing stories since I was in the second grade, always with the goal of entertaining my peers. In a way, I still think of children (my readers) as my peers, even though I'm now old enough to be their grandfather. So the videos and the photos were incredibly difficult for me to watch. I think I probably had a similar reaction to most school-age children who viewed scenes of the tornado that destroyed the Moore schools. It seemed like it was all happening to my friends.

Stephan Pastis, author/illustrator of “Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made” and the “Pearls Before Swine” syndicated comic strip

Being able to help others is the most wonderful part of my job. I've been fortunate enough to visit the troops on USO tours to Iraq and Afghanistan, and those moments are the most rewarding of my career.

There is no sadder story than one in which children are harmed. As a parent, it is especially difficult to fathom.

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by Ken Raymond
Book Editor
Ken Raymond is the book editor. He joined The Oklahoman in 1999. He has won dozens of state, regional and national writing awards. Three times he has been named the state's "overall best" writer by the Society of Professional Journalists. In...
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