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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 something special up his sleeve…not one, but two interviews! Yep, today he’s interviewing both of the authors from the fantastic middle grade series The Familiars, Andrew Jacobson and Adam Jay Epstein. The second book in the series, Secrets of the Crown, was released on Tuesday and the Turkeybird’s mom loved it (look for a review next week)! We shared his 20 Question interview with Andrew earlier and now it’s Adam Jay Epstein’s turn!

1. My mom told me all about your books, they sound really neat but why call them “familiars”, why not just call them your pet?

Familiars are magical animal companions to wizards and witches… and while pets are great… they don’t have magic.

2. Do you have a favorite animal?

I love monkeys and apes.

3. Why?

I think their human-like qualities are incredible. And I got to play with a spider monkey in the Amazon.

4. When your kids were my age what did you read to them?

I love reading them Dr. Seuss and Margaret Wise Brown books!

5. Crayons or Markers?


6. Why?

I don’t like the sound that markers make.

7. What’s your favorite color?

Blue and Green. It’s a tie.

8. I really like playing my dad’s computer. What’s your favorite game?

I love Legend of Zelda… all of them.

9. What are you writing right now?

The third book of The Familiars

10. Do they have real magical animals for your movie? That would be so cool!

Yes. It would!

11. If you were four what would you read next?

Green Eggs and Ham.

12. You ate a crocodile, how cool! What did it taste like?

Like chicken… and I really have eaten crocodile.

13. Do you have a favorite treat? (Mine is anything chocolate!)

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice cream

14. I like to run superfast, do you have a favorite super power?


15. Why?

I would love to soar through the sky!

16. Do you like writing with the other guy from the book? (I think it would be really hard to write a book with Littlebug, but maybe because she’s my sister.)

Yep. He’s really nice and types fast.

17. Zombies or pirates?


18. Why?

Zombies smell bad.

19. Why do you like to write?

I love making up stories and sharing them.

20. What’s your next book going to be about?

More Familiars!

The Turkeybird Speaks: “Adam, I’m not sure I agree with you on the zombie thing…I love zombies! And don’t you think pirates smell too? They spend forever on those boats and don’t ever get in the water. I think they might stink a little.

“I do agree on your pick of mint chocolate chip ice cream! That’s my very very most favorite ice cream ever! I love it when Mom & Dad let me have some, even if I think they could let me have it all the time.

“Thank you so much for letting me interview you Adam! You and Andrew had the best answers! I told Andrew, but I’m so excited to read your books and I get to start listening to them with my mom reading them very soon. I can’t wait! I know they’re going to be super good because my mom said they are great!”

Find The Familiars 2: Secrets of the Crown by Andrew Jacobson and Adam Jay Epstein at the following spots:
Powell’s Books
Barnes & Noble

Thank you so much to the publisher, HarperCollins, for providing a copy of their book for review! Connect with The Familiars on Twitter and on Facebook!
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