Bernard Waber, the creator of Ira Sleeps Over and Lyle the Crocodile, died on May 16. He was 91 years old. How many kids experienced their first sleep over, clinging to a bare thread of confidence with the belief that if Ira could do it, they could too! Waber had the ability to depicts common childhood qualms with a good dose of empathy and humor.
To Lyle's many fans, the spirit of Bernard Waber will forever live on East 88th Street in New York.