My First Children’s Book… which isn’t really a Children’s Book

Decades ago, before my first cartoons were ever published, I had this idea that my first published work would be a children’s book.

That didn’t happen, of course. After years in the cartoonist game, my first children’s book was only just published this month. “V Is For Vulnerable”. Check it out.

Though actually, it’s not a children’s book. It’s really a book for entrepreneurs, fiendishly disguised as a children’s book.

But Shhhhhhhh! Don’t tell anybody.

This is what I wrote in the dedication:

These drawings are dedicated to my nephews and nieces, all five of them. May these words resonate with you one day, and God Forbid that they never do. Lots of Love from Uncle Hugh :)

I meant every word to them, I assure you.

Heck, and it isn’t even my book, not really. My friend Seth wrote the thing, it was all his idea. I just illustrated it, long after the really hard work was already done.

That being said, I’m very proud of the work nonetheless. And even more proud that Seth chose me for the job.

There are many lessons about the nature of work, love and enterprise, that we are neglecting to teach our children…

… at our peril.

This must change, if we are to thrive long-term.

Hopefully this is a step in the right direction. Kudos to Seth for writing it, and to y’all for supporting it. Thank you.

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Hugh MacLeod is a genius.  Genius.

Seth Godin
Best Selling Author

His work acknowledges the absurdity of workaday life, while also encouraging employees to respond with passion, creativity, and non-conformity...   MacLeod’s work is undeniably an improvement over the office schlock of yore. At its best, it’s more honest, and more cognizant of the entrepreneurial psyche, while still retaining some idealism.

The New Republic
Lydia Depillis

Last year my State of the College address was 76 slides loaded with data. This year it was 14 cartoons that were substantially more memorable.

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Former President, Babson College

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Tony Hsieh
CEO, Zappos

In moments of indecision I glance at the wall [to Hugh's work] for guidance.

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