Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Children's author Munsch unable to create new stories since suffering stroke

TORONTO - Robert Munsch, the children's author whose fertile imagination has produced beloved books including "Love You Forever" and "The Paper Bag Princess," says he's been unable to create new stories since suffering a stroke four months ago.

"I try to do poetry and make up stories and it doesn't work, and (the doctors) told me that I should probably wait for a year for that to come back," he said in a recent interview from his home in Guelph, Ont.

"It teaches you to be very patient."

Munsch, 63, was unable to speak for two days after the stroke in August. He calls it an "excruciating time."

"When I realized I couldn't talk, it was: 'Well that's that,"' said the author, who used to do about 50 storytelling gigs a year.

"I didn't know if it was going to come back or not - you know, put me out to pasture. Happily, it came back."

Munsch was able to recover enough to go through with a brief Ontario book tour in the fall. And, he's scheduled to do a reading as part of the 11th annual Family Literacy Day on Jan. 27.

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