Stuart Hample

Stuart "Stoo" Hample was the writer—and sometimes the illustrator—of over two dozen books, including the international bestseller Children’s Letters to God. With songwriters David Evans and Douglas Cohen, he adapted Children’s Letters to God into a musical, which ran at off-Broadway's Lamb's Theatre, and is currently on tour in the United States and internationally.


Hample wrote for the CBS sitcom Kate & Allie; for PBS, The Great Radio Comedians; and, for Marlo Thomas, the ABC-TV animated pilot of That Girl. He performed on the CBS TV children's show Captain Kangaroo as "Mister Artist," sketching cartoons to music, and was a guest on The Tonight Show, Who Do You Trust?, and Oprah, among other shows.

With Woody Allen Hample created “Inside Woody Allen,” a comic strip based on the filmmaker’s persona and syndicated daily by King Features from 1976 to 1984. The best of these comics have been collected in Non-Being and Somethingness, published in 1978, now in Dread and Superficiality.


Stuart Hample passed away on September 19, 2010. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the American Civil Liberties Union.


"How I Turned Woody Allen into a Comic Strip", Stuart Hample on the genesis of "Inside Woody Allen" in the Guardian

Published work

Dread & Superficiality: Woody Allen as Comic Strip (Harry N. Abrams, November 2009); Stoo Hample’s Book of Bad Manners (Candlewick Press, August 2006); I Will Kiss You (Candlewick Press, December 2005); The Silly Book (Candlewick Press, August 2004); Happy Cat Day (Willow Creek Press, April 2004);  You Stink I Love You (Workman Publishing, April 2002); All The Sincerity in Hollywood (Fulcrum Publishing, September 2001); My Mom’s The Best Mom (Workman Publishing, April 2000); Me and My Dad (April 1999); Grandma Grandpa and Me (Workman Publishing, July 1997); Dear Mr. President (Workman Publishing, 1993); Children’s Letters to God (Workman Publishing, March 1991); Hugging, Hitting and Other Family Matters (Dial Press, 1979); Stoo Hample’s Silly Joke Book (Delacorte Press, November 1978);  Non-Being and Somethingness (Random House, 1978); Blood for Holly Warner (Harper and Row, January 1967);  Mr. Nobody and the Umbrella Bug (Harper, 1962)