Illustration of cat standing upright looking at viewer holding a red heart-shaped balloon. Red and black text on a white background.
Sandra Boynton began her career as an illustrator designing greeting cards for Recycled Paper Greetings in the 1970s. In the 1980s, Recycled Paper was selling 50 to 80 million Boynton cards each year. Boynton wrote her first book, Hippos Go Berserk, in 1977 and has since written and illustrated more than 50 books for children and adults. Boynton also designs characters and animals for companies to use instead of licensing her illustrations to be adapted. Her creations can be found on calendars, buttons, clothing, wrapping paper, and other items. In her online autobiography Boynton wrote, “By 1995, my secret ambition of being a rock star was still unrealized due to the fact that, in all the excitement, I forgot to do that.” She began writing and producing music and has released multiple albums. The album Philadelphia Chickens was released in 2002 and was nominated for a Grammy.
Boynton, S. (n.d.). Sandra Keith Boynton: The Unbelievably Fascinating Autobiography. Retrieved from http://www.sandraboynton.com/sboynton/boyntonography.html