Calvin Trilling writing book of children's poems

NEW YORK -- With some help from Roz Chast, Calvin Trillin is aiming his next jokes at a younger audience.

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The 80-year-old author, journalist and humorist has a deal with Scholastic for "No Fair! No Fair! And Other Jolly Poems of Childhood," based upon Trillin's childhood experiences and his time with his children and grandchildren. The book also will feature Chast's "signature whimsical illustrations," the publisher told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "No Fair! No Fair!" is scheduled for October.

"When I acquired enough grandchildren to describe myself as 'a grandfather who writes on the side,' it was inevitable that I'd turn my hand to writing verse for children -- thus 'No Fair! No Fair!"' Trillin said in a statement released through Scholastic.

Trillin and Chast, author of the acclaimed graphic memoir "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?," are longtime contributors to The New Yorker. Trillin's books include the memoirs "About Alice" and "Family Man" and the novel "Tepper Isn't Going Out."


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