Micki Freeny, the marvelous Washington D.C. librarian who ended my search for “Nasty Kyle the Crocodile,” has so kindly shared with me the identity of the lone soul who responded to her listserv query and provided my long-sought answer.
Her name is Ashley, a reference librarian at the Jacob Edwards Library in Southbridge, Massachusetts. I wrote her not only to express my overwhelming gratitude but also to discover just how in the heck she came up with the title when I assumed not another soul on the face of the earth had ever encountered Nasty Kyle.
Her response was astounding:
“I happened to know this book from my own childhood – the section where he paints his house is the one that stuck with me, as well. I probably would not have remembered the title, but not too long ago I was at my parents’ house and helped my mom sort through all of our old children’s books to see which ones were special to me to put aside for my own children some day and I leafed through ‘Nasty Kyle.’ Books have always been a huge part of my life, and I totally understand how a lost favorite can nag at you until you find it! Looking through my old books brought back so many memories; it makes me so happy that I was able to help a fellow booklover find an old favorite.”
Ashley, we’re kindred spirits! Thank you for reading and responding to Micki’s call for help on my behalf. I am forever in your debt!