Robert Lopshire

Robert Lopshire (April 14, 1927  – May 4, 2002) is best known for his popular children's book Put Me In the Zoo.[1]

Robert Lopshire
BornRobert M. Lopshire
(1927-04-14)April 14, 1927
Sarasota, Florida, U.S.
DiedMay 4, 2002(2002-05-04) (aged 75)
Gainesville, Florida, U.S.
OccupationWriter, illustrator
GenreChildren's literature
Years active1959-2002

Life and career

Early years

Lopshire was born in Sarasota, Florida. He attended the city's elementary and high schools. Lophsire served in the Navy Coast Guard during World War II in the Pacific theater aboard assault landing ships.


Lopshire is best known for being an author, illustrator and creative art director (for a short time early on) for Beginner Books. He wrote the best selling children's book, Put Me in the Zoo.


As Author and Illustrator

  • Put Me in the Zoo (his first writings)
  • I Want to Be Somebody New!: A Sequel to Put Me in the Zoo/I Want To Be Somebody New!
  • New Tricks I Can Do!
  • Put Me in the Alphabet!
  • I Want to Count Something New! (his final work before his death)
  • The Biggest, Smallest, Fastest, Tallest Things You've Ever Heard of
  • I Am Better Than You
  • ABC Games
  • It's Magic
  • A Beginner's Guide to Building & Flying Model Airplanes
  • How to make Snop Snappers & Other Fine Things
  • The Beginner Book of Things To Make: fun stuff you can make all by yourself (formerly published as "How to make Flibbers, etc: a book of things to make & do")
  • and others!

As Illustrator

  • Ann Can Fly by Fred Phleger (his first pictures)
  • Wish Again, Big Bear by Richard Margolis
  • Little New Kangaroo by Bernard Wiseman
  • The Pig War by Betty Baker
  • Big Max by Kin Platt
  • Big Max in the Mystery of the Missing Moose by Kin Platt

His work with his others is included in:

  • The Big Blue Book of Beginner Books (featuring "Put Me In The Zoo")
  • The Big Red Book of Beginner Books (featuring "I Want To Be Somebody New!")
  • The Big Aqua Book of Beginner Books (featuring "New Tricks I Can Do!" - his final work after his death on May 4th, 2002)


  1. "Obituaries". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved March 4, 2017.

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