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Meg Rosoff

Dear Librarian:

Did you hear the joke about the dyslexic atheist walking up and down in front of a church with a sign reading "THERE IS NO DOG"?

I heard that joke about 35 years ago and couldn't get it out of my head. So I used it as the title of a book about God turning out to be a 19-year-old boy, and every single one of my foreign translators started sending me hate mail because it only works in English.

It's hard being a writer. If it's not the religious fundamentalists on your case, it's your Dutch translator.

But I'm sticking to my guns. After all, who but a teenage boy would design twenty-five million species in six days? I mean, did we really need platypuses? Crocodiles? Cockroaches? And what about varicose veins and bingo wings? I won't even mention childbirth.

What was he thinking?

Or maybe he wasn't thinking. Maybe he got caught up in American Idol and didn't get around to planning creation till the night before.

That's my explanation, anyway. But I want you to know I'm open-minded. If you come up with a better explanation, I'd really love to hear it.

Irreverently yours,
Meg Rosoff

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There Is No Dog / Meg Rosoff / Penguin Group

Price: $17.99 / ISBN: 978-0399257643 / Published: February, 2012

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