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The 20 Question Interview with our very own Turkeybird is our feature interview that will be happening with all of the book authors, illustrators and poets we love! Today the Turkeybird is interviewing an illustrator that is actually an all-time favorite of his dads! Joel Seibel, illustrator for yesterday’s review book Bluebird Finds a Home, is also an illustrator for numerous motion picture movies as well as TV shows (including dad’s favorite, Pinky and the Brain). We loved the illustrations in Bluebird Finds a Home and so obviously the Turkeybird was excited to interview Joel! So, without further hesitation on our part, the Turkeybird’s 20 Question interview with Joel Seibel…

1. Did you always like to draw?
Yes, always.

2. What’s your favorite animal?
Oh, I love dogs.

3. Which one do you like to draw the most?
That’s a real toss-up. We’ll say bears.

4. Why?
Bears always seem to have such wonderful personalities. And they’re round. That makes them much easier to draw. People prefer round animals because round looks cute. You can stretch round characters and squash them and really do a lot with them.

5. What’s your favorite game? (I’m a big fan of memory, but if I can grab my mom’s phone I really like Angry Birds too. hehe)
Hmm, my wife and I play a lot of games. We love trivia. And Uno too!

6. My dad thinks Pinky and the Brain was the best! Which one did you like the most?
My favorite cartoon to work on was called Angry Beavers. The characters were great. It was beautifully written, very funny. I think adults probably liked them better than kids did. And the characters were fun to draw: real neat, unique shapes. The studio also let us draw whatever we wanted. They turned us loose. There was a lot of room for creativity. They let us use our crazy imaginations.

7. Crayons or Markers?

8. Why?
Crayons are very versatile. You can push softly and make the color lighter. You can push harder and make it darker. It’s easier to mix and match colors too. I actually use colored pencils a lot for that very same reason.

9. Which cartoon was your favorite when you were my age? I love Wow! Wow! Wubzy!
I bet you’ve never heard of this one: Crusader Rabbit. It was on a show called Sheriff John back in the late ‘40s or early ‘50s. Sheriff John was an L.A. sheriff who went out to schools, and he had a TV show. On his show, he had a Crusader Rabbit segment. It was a serial cartoon, meaning that it was continued every single day. I sometimes stayed home, pretending to be sick, just so I could watch it!

10. Have you ever built a birdhouse?
Oh, yes, many. We even have some outside my house. I like to build anyhow. I build things like furniture and cabinetry.

11. What’s your favorite color?

12. Why?
So much in nature is green. I love spring. I like to watch things grow. Everything in Minnesota turns from white and gray to green, and that means things are growing again.

13. Is Ryan (Jacobson) a fun guy to work with? He writes lots of books!
He’s a geek. Just kidding. He is a very fun guy and a good friend.

14. I’ve always wanted to go to Disneyland. Was it fun working there?
No. I didn’t get to go on the rides. It was all work, work, work.

15. Do you recycle? My mom said we’re supposed to.

16. Why?
We really do need to take care of our surroundings. It’s the only planet we have, so let’s not screw it up too bad. Let’s keep the world clean. It’s a pretty neat place, and I like it.

17. What are you drawing right now?
I just finished working on an Angelina Ballerina cartoon. Right this moment, I’m doing a coloring book for a state fair.

18. It’s almost summertime, yay! What’s your favorite thing to do outside? (I love going to the park!)
Working on my farm.

19. Why?
A farm means a lot of work. I like hard work. I mend fences, prepare hay and clean up after winter. Plus, it’s a break from the drawing board. We’re having a family reunion here this summer that we need to get ready for. So there’s lots to do!

20. If you were four what would you read next?
I have a new book called Fuzzy Boy’s Special Day that’s coming out soon. It was just printed, so it’s brand new. It’s about a caterpillar who goes all around and tells all of his friends that God is going to turn him into a butterfly. Nobody believes him. Eventually, Fuzzy learns that you can’t just tell people some things; you have to show them.

The Turkeybird Speaks:“Thank you so much Mr. Seibel for answering all of my fun questions today! I know my dad was just as excited to see your answers and now he’s hoping we can watch The Angry Beavers sometime together.

“I may have to use the staying home sick thing on my mom some time after I start school. That’s a good trick! Oh, but now my mom knows. Also, your new book sounds like a lot of fun, I’ll have to see if my mom can get it from the library once it comes out!

“Thank you again Mr. Seibel! We really enjoyed your book, Bluebird Finds a Home and hope you are having a great Earth Day!”


Thanks to the publisher, Adventure Publications, I have one copy of Bluebird Finds a Home as well as an original pencil drawing by the illustrator, Joel Seibel, from the book as a giveaway too!

Please stop by our review of Bluebird Finds a Home for this fantastic giveaway!

Find Bluebird Finds a Home by Ryan Jacobson at the following spots:
Powell’s Books

Thank you so much to the publisher, Adventure Publications, for providing a copy for review and giveaway!
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One Response to Illustrator Interview: 20 Questions with Joel Seibel

  1. Ryan says:

    Great interview, Turkeybird! Joel is such a nice guy. I mentioned to him once that my son and I saw his name in the credits of a DVD we were watching: A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. The next day, Joel sent me a drawing he made from that cartoon! Happy Earth Day to you and your family!!!

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