Russell Hoban was born in Lansdale, Pennsylvania on February 4, 1925. He began drawing and writing at a young age. After graduating from high school at age 16, he briefly attended Temple University. At age 18 he enlisted in the US Army, serving during WWII. In 1944 he married his first wife Lillian (Aberman) and they had four children. The Hoban family went to London in 1969 for a brief stay, but after the ending of the marriage, Russell remained in London where he resides today with his second wife Gundula Ahl who he married in 1975. They have three children.
Russell Hoban, an American writer, has written over fifty children's books. The book, What Does It Do and How Does It Work? was written because of an interest in machinery. Russell also writes books for adults in the science fiction and fantasy genre.
Some of my favorite Russell Hoban children's books were Bedtime For Frances, A Birthday For Frances, and Bread And Jam For Frances. These books are about a young badger and the lessons learned about giving and trying new things.
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