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Sandra Boynton

Author of Moo, Baa, La La La!

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About the Author

Sandra Boynton was born in Orange, New Jersey, and grew up in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Boynton's parents became Quakers when she was two years old. From kindergarten through 12th grade, she and her sisters attended Germantown Friends School, where their father taught show more English and was Head of the Upper School. She went on to Yale, entering in 1970 for her second year of college. She spent the second semester of her junior year studying in Paris through Wesleyan University's program. At Yale, she majored in English. Boynton intended to become a theater director. For graduate studies in drama, she attended the University of California at Berkeley for one year, then transferred to the Yale School of Drama D.F.A. program, but she did not complete the program. With the birth of her first child in 1979, Boynton postponed indefinitely a career in the theater. Boynton began designing greeting cards for Recycled Paper Greetings. Her designs were at the forefront of the Alternative Cards commercial movement that began in the mid-1970s. According to RPG co-founder and president Mike Keiser, over 200 million copies of Boynton's distinctive humorous cards featuring an assortment of unnamed cartoon animal characters, spare layout, and droll messages sold between 1973 and 1995. Since the 1977 release of Hippos Go Berserk!, Boynton has published many children's books, as well as several illustrated humor books for the general market. Her books are most typically for very young children, offered in the laminated paperboard format known as board books. Five of her books have been New York Times best sellers: Chocolate: The Consuming Passion; Frog Trouble and Eleven Other Pretty Serious Songs; Yay, You!; Consider Love; and Philadelphia Chickens, which reached the number one position on the list, and was on the list for nearly a year. Two of her books are Publisher's Weekly bestsellers, Dinosaur Dance!, and Eek! Halloween!. Three of Boynton's books are on the Publishers Weekly All-Time Bestselling Children's Books list. More than 30 million copies of her books have been sold. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Sandra Boynton

Moo, Baa, La La La! (1982) 3,919 copies, 50 reviews
The Going to Bed Book (1982) 3,687 copies, 47 reviews
Barnyard Dance! (1993) 2,879 copies, 34 reviews
Blue Hat, Green Hat (1984) 2,052 copies, 22 reviews
But Not the Hippopotamus (1982) 2,032 copies, 29 reviews
Doggies: A Counting and Barking Book (1984) 1,779 copies, 17 reviews
Pajama Time! (2000) 1,665 copies, 23 reviews
Snuggle Puppy: A Little Love Song (2003) 1,620 copies, 12 reviews
Opposites (1982) 1,408 copies, 16 reviews
Belly Button Book (2005) 1,373 copies, 13 reviews
A to Z (1984) 1,347 copies, 17 reviews
Hippos Go Berserk! (1977) 1,291 copies, 34 reviews
Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs! (1993) 1,177 copies, 13 reviews
Horns to Toes and in Between (1984) 1,081 copies, 11 reviews
Philadelphia Chickens (2002) 1,062 copies, 8 reviews
Happy Hippo, Angry Duck: A Book of Moods (2011) 849 copies, 8 reviews
One, Two, Three! (1993) 826 copies, 11 reviews
Birthday Monsters! (1993) 710 copies, 10 reviews
Hey! Wake Up! (2000) 673 copies, 7 reviews
Chocolate: The Consuming Passion (1982) 601 copies, 16 reviews
Yay, You! Moving Up and Moving On (2013) 548 copies, 16 reviews
Rhinoceros Tap (1996) 548 copies, 2 reviews
Dinosaur Dance! (Sandra Boynton Board Books) (2016) 536 copies, 3 reviews
Your Personal Penguin (2006) 516 copies, 5 reviews
What's Wrong, Little Pookie? (2007) 495 copies, 7 reviews
Are You a Cow? (2012) 483 copies, 6 reviews
Fifteen Animals! (2008) 466 copies, 13 reviews
Dog Train (2005) — Author — 453 copies, 3 reviews
Spooky Pookie (2015) 435 copies
Let's Dance, Little Pookie (2008) 400 copies, 3 reviews
Night-Night, Little Pookie (Pookie Books) (2009) 379 copies, 5 reviews
Tickle Time! (2012) 312 copies, 7 reviews
Eek! Halloween! (2016) 293 copies, 4 reviews
Perfect Piggies! (2010) 274 copies, 6 reviews
Happy Birthday, Little Pookie (Pookie Books) (2010) 241 copies, 2 reviews
Dinosnores (Boynton on Board) (2019) 219 copies, 4 reviews
Bob and 6 more Christmas Stories (1999) 219 copies, 3 reviews
But Not the Armadillo (2018) 216 copies, 2 reviews
Little Pookie (2011) 206 copies
Dinosaur's Binkit (1998) 202 copies, 4 reviews
Blue Moo: 17 Jukebox Hits From Way Back Never (2007) 199 copies, 3 reviews
I Love You, Little Pookie (2018) 197 copies
Consider Love (2002) 173 copies, 6 reviews
Christmas Parade (2011) 160 copies, 1 review
The Bunny Rabbit Show! (2014) 145 copies, 2 reviews
Woodland Dance! (2021) 137 copies
Christmastime (1987) 107 copies, 1 review
Your Nose! (Boynton on Board) (2020) 107 copies, 2 reviews
Moo, Baa, Fa La La La La! (2022) 104 copies, 1 review
Don't Let the Turkeys Get You Down (1986) 101 copies, 4 reviews
Woo Hoo! You're Doing Great! (2023) 97 copies, 5 reviews
Amazing Cows: Udder Absurdity for Children (2010) 77 copies, 3 reviews
Bath Time! (2007) 75 copies, 1 review
Good Night, Good Night (1985) 71 copies, 4 reviews
Chloe and Maude (1985) 61 copies, 3 reviews
The Compleat Turkey (1980) 55 copies, 2 reviews
How Big Is Zagnodd? (2020) 49 copies, 1 review
Barnyard Bath! (2008) 49 copies
Here, George! (2018) 46 copies, 2 reviews
Happy Easter, Little Pookie (2023) 33 copies
One Shoe Blues (2009) 31 copies, 2 reviews
Moo Cow Book (2004) 30 copies, 1 review
Hester in the Wild (1979) 27 copies, 1 review
Hippos Remain Calm (2023) 24 copies, 2 reviews
If at First (1980) 20 copies, 1 review
My Puppy Book (2005) 13 copies
Hey! What's That? (1985) 11 copies
Big Box of Little Pookie (2011) 10 copies
My Piggy Book (2006) 8 copies
Mom's Family Calendar 2008 (2007) 3 copies, 1 review
One Two Three 2 copies
A to Z 1 copy
Snoozers 1 copy

Associated Works

The Heart of Cool (1999) — Illustrator, some editions — 42 copies, 1 review
Story of Grump and Pout (1988) — Illustrator, some editions — 22 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 8, No. 7, March 1981 — Contributor — 3 copies


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Boynton, Sandra
Country (for map)
Orange, New Jersey, USA
Germantown Friends School
Yale University(B.A. ∙ English ∙ 1974)
University of California Berkeley
greeting card designer
children's book author
McEwan, Jamie (spouse)
Awards and honors
Grammy Award nomination (Philadelphia Chickens)
National Parenting Publications Gold Medal
Eustace D. Theodore Fellowship (Yale University)
National Cartoonists Society Greeting Card Award (1992)
Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award, National Cartoonists Society (2008)
Short biography
Sandra Keith Boynton was born to a "casually Quaker family" in New Jersey and grew up in Philadelphia. She started writing at an early age. She attended the Germantown Friends School, where her father taught English and was head of the Upper School. She went to Yale and majored in English. In 1973, needing a summer job after her junior year, she designed gift cards and Christmas cards, had them privately printed, and made the rounds of East Coast stores selling them. She continued to design and sell cards during graduate school in drama at the University of California Berkeley and Yale, and signed up with a Chicago-based company called Recycled Paper Greetings. In 1972, she married Jamie McEwan, an Olympic bronze medalist in whitewater canoe slalom, and moved with him to a farm in the foothills of the Berkshires. The couple had four children and wrote two books together: The Story of Grump and Pout (1983) and The Heart of Cool (2001). Over the past 30 years, Sandra Boynton has designed about 4,000 to 6,000 greeting cards, nearly all published by Recycled Paper. The company sold 50 to 80 million Boynton cards per year in the peak years of the 1980s. In addiition, she has produced designs for items as diverse as aprons, baby clothes, balloons, baseball caps, bed sheets, buttons, boxer shorts, calendars, date books, gift wrap, magnets, mugs, notepads, posters, Post-it notes, puppets, puzzles, rubber stamps, stickers, sweaters, t-shirts, ties, towels, and wallpaper. She has written and illustrated books for children as well as for adults, including Chocolate: The Consuming Passion (1982).



What a great book! My main criticism is the portion on white chocolate; I personally love white chocolate and I absolutely believe that it is a real kind of chocolate. also the book left out some important information.
aestheticrat | 15 other reviews | Jul 13, 2024 |
It's dinosaurs and Sandra Boynton. What more could a 3-year old want?
superadmin_group3 | 3 other reviews | Jun 20, 2024 |
I think that this was possibly one of the best books I've ever read. If you love chocolate I would highly recommend this book. Sandra Boynton is absolutely hilarious and I learned a lot about chocolate. It also made me quite hungry for chocolate. I would recommend reading this book while eating chocolate or with chocolate readily available for consumption upon completing the book.
ZetaRiemann | 15 other reviews | Jun 10, 2024 |



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