OMG! Found on the internet: Ivon Cecil's picture book, Kirby Kelvin and the Not-Laughing Lessons -- $101.35. You read that right: one hundred one dollars and thirty-five cents, plus shipping. New and signed? Maybe signed, but that particular copy is a used paperback.
To think I gave all mine away. A book is my first choice for a child's gift, so they were not purchased to keep. I wonder if any recipients saved their copy of Kirby... for a day they might sit and read the delightful story to their children.
If you want to put a smile on a child's face, read the book to a youngster, or let your second-grader read it to you. From $4.00 (that includes shipping) or a little more you can find a used copy in good condition.
Ivon taught a course on writing for children at Amarillo College, and wrote a column on the subject for a national magazine. Finding Ivon on Facebook recently prompted me to see what she has written since I saw her last. It seems she is busy with family and a demanding job at present. Hopefully, she'll resurrect Kirby or create another character for children to enjoy when she retires.
(c) 2011, Bernice W. Simpson