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The 20 Question Interview with our very own Turkeybird is a new feature interview that will be happening with all of the authors, illustrators and poets he loves (and sometimes the one’s his mom loves)! Today the Turkeybird is interviewing author Barbara Dee, who is a fantastic middle grade fiction writer and also happens to be one of his mom’s absolute favorites. She has a brand new book coming out called Trauma Queen and it’s one you definitely have to read! So, without further hesitation on our part, the Turkeybird’s 20 Question interview with Barbara Dee…

1. You come up with some crazy fun people in your books(at least that’s what my mom says), how come?
I write about crazy, funny people because I love comedies and I love to laugh!

2. Do you think you might write about boys sometime?
I already have! In Solving Zoe, one of the main characters is a boy named Lucas. He’s a code-solving genius, and I got his name from George Lucas (who directed the Star Wars movies).

3. What’s your favorite movie? Right now mine is Despicable Me, so funny!
That’s a great movie! I have so many favorites—it’s impossible for me to pick just one. So let me tell you two I really like—E.T. and Best in Show.

4. Do your kids like your favorite kids book, Bread and Jam for Frances?
They still love it—and they’re teenagers! Just a few days ago, my daughter said to me at dinner, “How do you know what I’ll like if you won’t even try me?”

5. What’s your favorite color? (Mine’s pink right now.)
I’ve always liked purple best.

6. Why?
I like grape Tootsie Pops.

7. My mom said you wrote a book about Spanish rice and robots, it sounds cool! Where is it?
It’s right here in my desk drawer! And guess what—I just did a video celebrating the fifth anniversary of Aladdin MIX books, and I showed that page from the book! So when the video comes out (maybe this summer), I hope you can see it! I also shared it on

8. What’s your favorite book right now?
The one I’m writing!

9. What about your favorite book you read to your kids when they were my age?
I read SOOO MANY BOOKS to my kids when they were your age! It’s impossible for me to pick just one favorite, but I especially loved sharing Bread and Jam for Frances (of course), Dr. Seuss’s The SneechesWhere the Wild Things Are, The Story of Ferdinand,  We’re Going on A Bear Hunt, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Julius The Baby of the World, Curious George, and anything by Shirley Hughes.

10. Why?
They’re all great books to read out loud!

11. Crayons or Markers?

12. How come?
Markers don’t melt, they don’t break in half, and they stay pointy. Also, when crayons lose their paper, they feel kind of weird, don’t they?

13. Who’s your best friend?
My husband!

14. Why?
He’s really funny and smart.

15. Is that why your write about friends a lot?
Well, I do like to think about smart, funny characters!

16. What’s your favorite kind of chocolate? (I love chocolate ice cream right now, but sometimes I really want some M&M’s. So there’s no wrong answer.)
I love love love Snickers! In my new book, Trauma Queen, the main character’s mom declares Chocolate Day whenever things go bad, and then she lets her kids eat a whole supper of chocolate. Do you think that’s a good idea? (Ask your mom what she thinks!)

17. Will you ever write a book for little kids? (picture book)
Hmm. I’m not sure. Any ideas for one, Turkeybird?

18. Have you ever been on a roller coaster?
Yes! And I closed my eyes!

19. What are you writing right now?
This interview.

20. What should I read next?
Have you read all the books I mentioned in Question 9? Also Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day is great! Oh yes, and Squids Will Be Squids! And  don’t forget The Stinky Cheese Man!

The Turkeybird Speaks: “Thank you so much Mrs. Dee! I love meeting a great chocolate fan like me! I asked my mom about the chocolate day and she said she didn’t think it was such a bad idea if it didn’t happen very much. (So I think maybe I got her!)

“You know? I was thinking about your picture book idea and I thought of something really super! My sister is one of those crazy funny people you like to write about. From what my mom says she’s not going to change much with all that crazy business, she laughs all the time! It’s crazy! So maybe you could write about a Turkeybird who has a crazy little sister who is always bugging him, but is only sometimes super fun. What do you think?

“My mom said she will have to get out her copy of Where the Wild Things Are and we will go looking for the other books at the library or bookstore, so thank you for all the new books to read! And thank you for answering all of my fun questions! It was really good you were on, maybe I’ll have a Chocolate Day of my own soon!”

Trauma Queen fab giveaway!

Three lucky winners will receive one copy of TRAUMA QUEEN by Barbara Dee along with a limited edition t-shirt! To enter, send an e-mail to In the body of the e-mail, include your name and e-mail address (if you’re under 13, have a parent enter for you). One entry per person and prizes will only be shipped to US or Canadian addresses. Entries must be received by midnight (PDT) on 5/13/11. Winners will be selected in a random drawing on 5/14/11 and notified via email.

Thank you so much to the publisher, Simon & Schuster Aladdin, for providing a copy of this book for review via Galley Grab! Find them on Twitter and on Facebook!

3 Responses to Author Interview: 20 Questions with Barbara Dee

  1. Katie says:

    What a sweet interview! Barbara Dee always seems like one of those authors who you would like to be friends with in real life. Thanks for sharing Turkeybird 🙂

  2. Thats was a fun post – it was interesting to learn more about the author of the Trauma Queen

  3. nymfaux says:

    OMG!!! LOVE the interview!!!!–Bread and Jam for Frances was one of my all-time favorites as a kid–I was just thinking I would love to find it again–and The Story of Ferdinand, too–those bring back lots of memories!!!

    Also, Ms. Dee totally stole my “purple” answer 😉 (although I like all purple candy, not just Tootsie Pops).

    What a great interview!!!–Fantastic questions and answers!!!

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