Riddle royalty comes to Eagle River

Children’s author visits local school


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Children’s author Mike Thaler teaches Eagle River Elementary students how to write a riddle during an assembly April 17. Thaler is known as “American’s Riddle King.”

MIKE NESPER

Want to learn how to write a riddle?

Just ask Mike Thaler.

Known as “America’s Riddle King,” Thaler recently shared his process with Eagle River Elementary students. The notable author of more than 200 children’s books spent April 17 at the school, putting on two assemblies, signing books and visiting classrooms.

During one assembly, Thaler taught students how to write their own riddles and read one of his books — with help from the faculty who provided visual and audio effects. He also drew a “caricature” of a student, though his mousey representation of third-grader Ben Moore was just for laughs.

Thaler, 76, said he frequently visits schools all around the country.

“I go whenever they ask,” he said.

Thaler said his visits help promote reading to a younger generation.

“It just encourages kids to read and write on their own,” he said. “They get excited about books.”

Thaler is visiting about a dozen schools throughout the Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula Borough and Mat-Su Borough school districts during his two-week trip to Alaska.

Thaler, who’s well-know for his “Teacher from the Black Lagoon” series, has been writing children’s books for 52 years.

Providing children with positive literature is why Thaler said he writes for a young audience.

“It’s important kids have positive books to read,” he said.

 

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or mike.nesper@alaskastar.com.

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