“It’s not raining on my side of the car.” That’s what Kate Feiffer has been telling her father for years. “I was going to be spending the entire day with my dad at a wildlife sanctuary. I was probably seven or eight years old, a shy freckle-faced redhead,” recalls Kate. “We were driving and a few miles from our destination, my father said to me, ‘Katie, It’s raining.’ So I looked at my window. Not a drop of rain had fallen on it. I told my father, ‘It’s not raining on my side of the car.’ He kept driving, all the while insisting that indeed it was raining on his side of the car. I continued to look out my window, but didn’t see any rain falling on my side of the car, which meant there was no reason to cancel our outing. Since that day, whenever we have a disagreement, I say ‘It’s not raining on my side of the car.’ It has come in quite handy and I highly recommend giving it a try.”
My Side of the Car is Kate’s ninth book for children. Her first book, Double Pink, illustrated by Bruce Ingman, was published in 2005. My Side of the Car is Kate’s third book collaboration with her father, the Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonist and children’s book author and illustrator Jules Feiffer. Their collaboration is a natural extension of her childhood. Jules would often give Kate drawing lessons and together they’d create cartoon strips. Kate is a former Boston-based television producer and filmmaker. She has written essays for magazines and radio. She now lives and writes on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with her husband, daughter, and dog.
Three Things You Might Not Know About Kate:
1. She used to be so shy that she hid under the bed when people came over.
2. She’s a doodle-holic.
3. She knows that when she’s not home, her dog Henry sneaks into her room and jumps on her bed, even though he’s not allowed on the bed.