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INTRODUCTION Children all over the world love Robert Munsch story books His work is found in school libraries public libraries and in all book stores Telling stories is what Robert Munsch does -- and loves best From the first time he stood in front of a group of children as a student teacher at a nursery school in 1972 his animated presentation grabbed hold of the imaginations of his listeners and hes been telling stories ever since Who is Robert Munch Robert Norman Munsch was born on June 11 1945 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania He was the fourth of nine children The first story Robert made up was called Mortimer The first story that became a published book was Mud Puddle Robert Munsch never studied how to write Roberts philosophy is practice makes perfect Robert Munsch has been influenced mostly by the children in his audience He started out writing childrens books as a hobby It quickly became a full-time career This is mostly due to Munschs interactive approach He travels to schools daycares and hospitals anywhere to read his books to the children he writes for Roberts Childhood Robert Munch describes his childhood in this manner I wasnt just unhappy I was globally unhappy I remember when I was about 10 standing in front of a mirror and telling myself I want to remember Im not happy Grown-ups all want to tell me Im happy because Im a kid But I want to remember IM NOT HAPPYMunsch 2002 Why he was so miserable was a little more difficult to understand for many people including him to understand He found out later he was manic-depressive with the accent on depressive He didnt have the ability to enjoy life the way others did because he was always in the mood of depression As a teenager he describes himself as being Pathologically isolated He did not have one friend did not date or even go out
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