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My Dog Ate Your Homework

Bad news: Loretta Lynn ate Chris Crutcher’s manuscript this weekend. Oh no, sorry, not that Loretta Lynn. This one.


Loretta Lynn after brunching Greenwillow

So it looks like we are all going to have to wait . . . just a little bit longer . . . for Period 8. This has only happened once before, when she ate half of a letter from Lynne Rae Perkins about AEAFOTFOTE. But beloved Greenwillow authors, if I say my dog ate your manuscript, I am not kidding!

Well, I am kidding. It was a paperback copy of Mary Poppins. But still. Really? Shredded is an understatement. We are just waiting for her to start singing “We were poor but we had love” like her namesake or “And ev’ry task you undertake / Becomes a piece of cake” like the staff of the Greenwillow test kitchen.


  1. mwt says:

    And mine!

  2. Virginia says:

    Megan, You have to send one first! (tick, tick, tick . . .)

  3. sharon phillips denslow says:

    At least Loretta has the grace to look guilty–our one eyed cat Gus leaves fang marks on books (especially new books with the crinkly jacket covers), shreds newspapers (sometimes while I’m reading it), rips up receipts, checks, left open drawing pads, basketball schedules, manuaript notes and pages–all with the expression of Who Me? or See what I did! We didn’t have to buy him any special Christmas play treat, every night with wicked joy he pulled down the lower cards from our usual haphazard display around the patio door frames and chewed away……

  4. mwt says:

    Will you be suspicious if it is only ten pages long and smells like dog food?

  5. Rae Carson says:

    Sounds like she is quite the connoisseur of fine literature.

    (And look at that sweet face! There’s no way you can be upset with her.)

  6. I am proud and honored to have contributed to Loretta Lynn’s nutritional sustenance. I only hope that when she throws it back up, it comes without the useless prepositional phrases and misused semicolons.

  7. Virginia says:

    She’d NEVER hurl P8. It’s too good!

  8. Virginia says:

    She ate Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower last night. Just keeping you all in the loop.

  9. Virginia says:

    A Disney Princess autograph book . . . and Frog and Toad in Spanish.

  10. Virginia says:

    Ivy and Bean #5

  11. Liedeke Rappe says:

    Is this Virginia that was editor to Hanneke Ippischs’ book Sky?
    I wanted to let you know she passed away and we are having a celebration of her Life in Missoula, Montana June 16th.
    My mother thought the world of you…

  12. This is very much a work in progress whenever I find out about one who is more beautiful than any of these I will add her and kick out number ten Thanks for

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