Bernard Waber, 91, the author of such children's favorites as "The House on East 88th Street" and "Lyle, Lyle Crocodile," died Thursday at his
Waber debuted as an author in 1962 with "The House on East 88th Street." The book introduced readers to the lovable Lyle, first spotted in a bathtub in an
Waber also wrote non-Lyle books, including "Ira Sleeps Over," in which a boy fears that he will be teased for bringing a favorite stuffed teddy bear to a friend's house.
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Bernard Waber obituary: A news obituary of author Bernard Waber, who wrote and illustrated "Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile" and other children's books, reported his date of birth as Sept. 27, 1924. He was born in 1921. —
The publishing company said Waber's 33 books have sold 1.75 million copies.
In 1987, HBO aired a musical cartoon version of "Lyle, Lyle Crocodile."
Waber was born Sept. 27, 1924, in Philadelphia. As a boy he got an after-school job cleaning up a movie theater between shows. "Admission to a movie theater free of charge was living and breathing my own fantasy," he recalled. "Each day I raced from school to theater ... and caught the final 10 or 15 minutes of ... a daily new feature film. Following the performance, having seen only the ending, I would try to reconstruct what I imagined to be the middle and beginning. It occurs to me that this was my earliest attempt at plotting."
He enrolled at the
-- Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports