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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 extremely excited to share an interview with one of his very favorite author/illustrators ever, Jon Klassen. His recent picture book release, I Want My Hat Back (which is in stores today!), is an absolutely fantastic story about a bear who loses his hat and goes searching for it. The Turkeybird and Littlebug loved it so much they reenacted in during our review, make sure to take a look! But, without further hesitation on our part, here is the Turkeybird’s 20 Question interview with Jon Klassen…

1. Why did you write a book about a bear and his hat? That’s super silly!

I didn’t know it was going to be a bear at first. I really just wanted a book called “I Want My Hat Back” and then somebody not wearing a hat on the cover. A bear seemed pretty good, because they are big, so you wonder what they will do when they are sad or upset. They could do lots of things.

2. What color is your hat? Mine is blue!

Mine is blue also.

3. Slides or swings?


4. Why?

Slides don’t swing.

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

The Big Jump by Benjamin Elkin. I don’t think they print it anymore, but you can find it on the internet. It is worth the trouble.

6. What’s your favorite shape? I really like rectangles!


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


8. Which is better drawing or writing? I think drawing would be way fun!

Drawing is more fun, but writing makes you feel smarter.

9. Why?

When you have a good idea to write about, it tells you what to draw to go with it, so then you get both.

10. Did you know someone drew a big red circle around your picture?

I do, now.

11. Crayons or markers?


12. Why?

Markers cost more money.

13. Do you like music?


14. Bears or rabbits?

Depends on the bear, depends on the rabbit.

15. Why?

Next time you meet a bear or a rabbit, you will find out.

16. Do you like moving pictures or pictures in books?


17. Why?

Moving pictures take more time to make, but you can tell different kinds of stories with them, so sometimes it’s worth it. Pictures in books are good too, though, because they move around in your head anyway.

18. Did you always want to grow up to be a drawing and writing person?

A drawing person, yes. A writing person, no.

19. You draw lots and lots and lots of snow. Do you like the snow? (I do.)

I do like the snow. The best part about drawing snow is that you don’t have to draw it. You just have to draw something IN the snow, and then it looks like there’s snow everywhere around it.

20. What are you writing or drawing right now?

I am writing and drawing about fish. It’s tough cause fish don’t say or do much, ordinarily.

The Turkeybird Speaks: “I can’t wait to read your book about fish! That sounds so silly! And thank you Jon, I loved your interview, it was great! But perogies sound kind of weird if you want a treat, don’t you think? Kind of like puppies or piggies? My mom tried to tell me they weren’t anything like that, but it still sounds funny.

“Oh! And you know what? I met a bear when we went to Canada a few weeks ago, he was a little scary, but he didn’t hurt us. He was standing just up a short hill from my mom, sister, grandpa and me. They all kept yelling and making loud noises and the bear just went away. He was a lot bigger than I though he’d be! So I think I would pick a rabbit over the bear!”

“Thanks again Jon! I loved your answers and your book is one of my very most favorites!”

Please make sure to check out our review of I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen as well as the other stops along the Worldwide Blog Tour for I Want My Hat Back at the following locations:

Playing by the Book
Kids’ Book Capers
Not Just for Kids
Bringing Up Charlie
My Book Corner
Wham Bham!
Pickle Me This
There’s a Book (You’re Here!)
My Little Bookcase
Chris Rettstatt

Find I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen for sale at the following spots:
Powell’s Books

Thank you so much to the publisher, Candlewick Press, for providing a copy of this book for review and making our interview today possible! Connect with them on Twitter and on Facebook!
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5 Responses to Author Interview: 20 Questions with Jon Klassen

  1. What a cute interview. And I agree that’s a great book trailer. Even to somebody who doesn’t like book trailers. I think they work way better with kids’ books.

  2. Gina says:

    Oh, I saw this in the store the other day….actually a few of my coworkers pulled it to take a look. ^_^ Sounds like a cute read…and you have to love a bear with a hat. Ooh…perogies! A favorite food at out house too. Great interview Turkeybird!

  3. Emma says:

    Such a fun interview! Love it!

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