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Robert Quackenbush
Born (1929-07-23) July 23, 1929 (age 93)
Nationality American
Genre Children's literature
Notable works Henry's Awful Mistake
Spouse Margery

Robert Mead Quackenbush (born July 23, 1929) is an American author and illustrator of children's books. As of 1999, he had authored 110 books and illustrated 60 more.

He has written about many historical figures, such as Quick, Anne, Give Me a Catchy Line, a children's book about the life and works of Samuel F. B. Morse (inventor of the telegraph), and Mark Twain? What Kind of Name Is That? : a story of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, published in 1984.

His most widely known book, Henry's Awful Mistake, published by Parents Magazine Press in 1980, is present in almost 900 US and Canadian libraries.


  • American Flag Institute Award for outstanding contributions to children's literature - 3 times winner
  • In 1981 he won the Edgar Allan Poe Special Award for best juvenile mystery for his book Detective Mole and the Halloween Mystery.
  • Gradiva Award for Batbaby, voted best children's book of 1998 by NAAP
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