The Coloring Book was on sale all over the world
in places like the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum Bookstore
and the MIT Museum Shop.
Shown below is a plagiarized "pirate" translation
of my FORTRAN Coloring Book, first from English to German
and then from FORTRAN to Pascal! The nerve of some people!
The FORTRAN Coloring Book gave rise to a flood of other
books done in the style it created. Shown below are the original
Coloring Book, the Hungarian translation that was authorized by
the MIT Press, the pirate German translation, and two of the computer
books that came along later using the Coloring Book's style. (If
there is any doubt as to where the inspiration for these books
came from, one has only to look at the lettering in the Index
in the back of the various books.)
Larry Gonick has written a half dozen books in the general
style which the Coloring Book introduced, including The
Cartoon Guide to the Computer, The Cartoon Guide to Genetics,
The Cartoon Guide to Physics, and The Cartoon History
of the Universe. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
I just wish he didn't call my book "Witty, Bordering on Corny"
in his bibliography. My book isn't bordering on corny-
it is corny!
Here is a review from a review. I guess that makes
it a review squared:
One of my favorite reviews was this one, from the American
Mathematical Monthly for November, 1978. It was printed as a one-line
summary in verse:
"A lively approach to seduce,/In manner quite
sim'lar to Seuss./Handwritten, with drawings and lots of guffawings/Disposed
to make Fortran transluce."
(In fact, Ted Geisel- the real Dr. Seuss sent me a
nice note complimenting the Coloring Book and saying he
wished he'd had a text like that when he was a student at Dartmouth.
We traded autographed copies of our books. I expect that his autographed
copy of my Coloring Book will bring big bucks someday at
auction at Southeby's, compared to my autographed copy of The
Cat In The Hat.)
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