The following is a work of fiction.
In a shocking revelation, the International Children’s Literature Commissioner announced today that beloved picture book creators Eric Carle, Tomie dePaola, and Barry Moser are all actually the same guy.
In front of a packed house of reporters and photographers, the commissioner appeared contrite.
“This is a joke that has gotten way out of hand, and it ends today.”
To audible gasps from those in attendance, a grey-haired, bearded man walked from behind a curtain up to the podium.
“Hello. You may recognize me from the scores of classic children’s books I’ve created. But I stand before you today not as “Eric Carle”, “Tomie dePaola”, or “Barry Moser”, but as lone person Tomislav Tsvetanov”, said the man, punctuating the name of each alias with air quotes.
The commissioner then provided some details of the hoax.
“We went to great lengths to keep up the ruse, including masks, makeup, and strange coincidences where “Tomie” would leave the room and “Barry” would show up. We even had an expensive wax sculpture of Eric Carle created for the photo on the back cover of Dream Snow.
I don’t even want to mention how much that elaborate wax replica of Eric Carle cost. But I will say this – an Eric Carle wax replica will run you hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
“We are very sorry”, the comissioner concluded. “This will never happen again. But we have fooled you all and it was pretty awesome while it lasted.”
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