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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 has the wonderful opportunity of sharing with you his interview with a favorite author of his mom’s, Anne Ursu. Her upcoming novel with Walden Pond Press, Breadcrumbs, is due out in September and she recently stopped by to talk about her favorite childhood reads (so worth reading).  Anne also happens to have a little boy just about the same age as the Turkeybird, which may make this interview that much more interesting! So, without further hesitation on our part, the Turkeybird’s 20 Question interview with Anne Ursu…

1. My favorite “fairytale” right now is the 3 Little Pigs. Which one is your do like so so much?
I’ve always loved Hansel and Gretel. I have a wonderful big brother, and I think I liked how they take care of each other.

2. Why do you like to write? It seems like it might get boring.
I try very hard to keep it interesting. If the stuff I’m writing is more boring than daily life, it’s likely that I need to write something better.

3. Lakes or the ocean? We live next to the ocean and it is so neat!
I love being near the ocean, but I am always afraid that if I go in something will try to eat me. That happens less often with lakes.

4. Kids books sound like more fun to me, the only pictures on my mom & dad’s books are on the outside! Which do you like better kid books or my mom & dad’s (adult) books?
Kids’ books are objectively more fun. This is an absolute truth in the universe.

5. Crayons or Markers?

6. Why?
I always get markers all over my hands and then look like I have a strange tropical disease.

7. What’s your favorite color?

8. Wallace & Gromit or Shaun the Sheep? I really like them both, so it’s hard to pick.
It’s a hard question. I used to have a Shaun the Sheep backpack, and once used it to deflect a swan that was trying to attack me. So I guess my ultimate loyalty has to be with Shaun.

9. Do you have a favorite treat? (Mine is anything chocolate!)
When it comes to treats, I try not to discriminate, as they all have things that make them special. I am a particular fan of chocolate chip cookies, and anything ice-cream related.

10. Baseball or basketball?
Baseball. Baseball is better than everything.

11. Zeus or King Imhotep?
Zeus. Always pick the guy who can hurl lightning bolts.

12. I love to collect rocks! Do you like rocks?
I must admit, I’ve never thought about this before.

13. Why?
This is a very good question.

14. When you were my age did you like to read?
Yes. I read all the time. I used to curl up in the basement and read for hours. Only now do I realize how much my mother must have appreciated this.

15. What did you like to read?
I had a book of Greek myths that I loved. I loved fairy tales and Dr. Seuss. My favorite book at your age was There’s A Monster At The End of the Book.

16. Cats or Dogs?

17. Why?
It’s my destiny to live on a farm and have about 100 rescue dogs and cats. They need me.

18. My mom says you have a son about my age, what book do you love reading the very most to him.
I have a four year old boy named Dash. He’s getting into fairy tales, and we really like Lucy Cousins’ Yummy.

19. What’s your favorite thing to do outside? I love going to the park!
I love to bike. And play catch with Dash. And eat ice cream.

20. What are you writing right now?
This, too, is a very good question. I’m just getting an idea and I need to read a lot to figure out what to do from here. And maybe eat some chocolate chip cookies.

The Turkeybird Speaks: “Thank you Ms. Ursu for answering my crazy questions! But now that I know about your son they probably aren’t that crazy to you, are they? I’ve already told my mom we have to try and find Yummy at the bookstore because the wolf on the front is so funny looking and the little girl looks like my sister Littlebug a little bit and it’s yellow and I think I’d really like it! Thanks!

“I really hope you get to have that farm with all the cats and dogs! I think Dash would love it because I know I would love it, it sounds so cool!

“Thanks again Ms. Ursu! I hope you do super good with your new book because my mom says it’s super super good and she always picks the best books. Oh, and it should also do super good because you like Shaun the Sheep and I think everyone should like him. Now I need to get one of those backpacks, it sounds so cool!”

Pre-order Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu at the following spots:
Powell’s Books

Today’s post is part of our month long celebration of Walden Pond Press for our monthly feature “Book Publishers 101“. Make sure to stop by the Walden Pond Press Site for more information about this title and more. For more information about our Book Publishers 101 feature take a look at this month’s opening post.

Make sure to stop by our huge month long giveaway from Walden Pond Press, including Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu!

Thank you to Walden Pond Press for providing this book for review! Find Walden Pond Press on Twitter and Facebook!

7 Responses to Author Interview: 20 Questions with Anne Ursu

  1. NotNessie says:

    Absolutely adorable. Turkeybirds interviews are the only ones I ever read the entirity of . He clearly has a strong journalistic instinct and a knack for getting to the questions that really matter =o)

    Breadcrumbs sounds interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever read a Hansel and Gretal retelling, so it might be time!

    • Ahhhh…thank you so much! I know the Turkeybird loves doing them and so it’s definitely something to consider. 😉

      You’d love Breadcrumbs I believe! I thought of you actually while I was reading it because of your fairytale week…it would be perfect!

  2. Giada M. says:

    Thank you for this fun interview! 😀 I like Hansel and Gretel, too. At home I have a wonderful edition of Hansel and Gretel beautifully illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti.
    (When I was a kid I had an audiobook of Hansel and Gretel and the first time I listened to it I was so scared! I prefer reading over listening to certain fairytales even now! >_<)
    I can't wait to read Breadcrumbs! I love the cover. *_*

    • Ahh…thanks so much! We love doing these interviews and are so happy when people love them just as much as we do. 🙂

      I know you are absolutely going to love Breadcrumbs! It’s brilliant!

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