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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 an author that his sister, Littlebug, and his mom can’t get enough of! He also would like to keep it quiet that he actually really loved listening to his mom read the newest book to his sister, so don’t tell anyone! So, without further hesitation on our part, Annie Barrows as interviewed by the Turkeybird…

1. Do you ever think you will write a book about/for boys?

I’m not sure. I like boys. Boys are funny. But I don’t understand them—why why why did my friend Will jump down my laundry chute and land on his head on my washing machine? I’m hoping that some boys like Ivy and Bean even though it’s about girls.

2. What’s the best thing you’ve ever learned about? (I just learned about fossils in rocks!)

KOMODO DRAGONS! Their spit is poison! They don’t poop!

3. Crayons or Markers?


4. Why?

Crayons smell better, but their color is too light.

5. I have a little sister and you are a little sister. What would be the best thing I could do for/with her?

Let her play with your stuff. That way, if you really really don’t want her to play with something, she’ll probably listen to you.

6. What’s your favorite color?

Yellow (today)

7. Are you sure there aren’t alligators in the sewer?

Well, okay, there was AN alligator in A sewer once, but it was a long time ago, and all the alligator specialists were pretty surprised about it. Alligators are cold-blooded so they need to bask in the sun to get warm, and guess what? There’s no sun in a sewer. So it’s really really unlikely that an alligator would be in a sewer.

8. Why?

See what I said up there.

9. When your daughters were my age what did they like you to read to them?

We read a lot, but some of our favorites were Lilly and the Purple Plastic Purse, Sunday Morning, Moonlight, the books about Alfie and Annie Rose, the Max and Ruby books, and Sweet Dream Pie.

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

Buttered toast.
[short break while I go get some]

11. When you were my age did you like to write?

When I was your age, I could barely hold a pencil. I liked to pick papers out of the garbage can and pretend I could write.

12. Do you like writing for grown-ups or kids better? (I think grown-ups sound boring, kids are way more fun!)

It’s a secret. I don’t want to hurt grownups’ feelings.

13. How could breaking your toe be a good thing? (That seems very silly!)

The actual breaking of the toe wasn’t much fun (OW!) but I was happy because it meant I didn’t have to go on a week-long camping trip with my class. Whew.

14. Swings or slides?


15. Why?

It’s a tough choice, because I like them both, but I’d pick swings because they’re more like flying.

16. Do you really believe in ghosts?


17. Why?

Because my cousins used to live in a house that had a ghost. It whistled.

18. Can you tell me my fortune? (That would be super cool!)

I can’t tell it from a distance. I have to be in the same room with you.

19. What’s your favorite thing to do outside?

There’s this great game that my kids play—you jump off a ladder onto the trampoline and boing off the trampoline onto the grass—but I’m too old for that. I’d probably break my nose. So I guess I’d have to say lying in a hammock.

20. What are you writing right now?

I just finished writing the ninth Ivy and Bean book, but I can’t tell you what it’s about because it’s a secret. I’m also writing an enormous book for grownups.

The Turkeybird Speaks: “That was the best interview! Thank you so much Ms. Barrows! Those Komodo Dragons sound so cool! Next time my mom takes us to the book store or library I’m going to look for a book all about them.

“So my mom said that I’m not allowed to try that whole ladder jumping on the trampoline on the ground thing until I get a lot older. And then she said I shouldn’t tell her when I first do it. Isn’t that funny?

“Well, I really hope that guy who jumped down your laundry chute tells you why sometime because think you would write a really funny book about boys! Maybe you could write one about boys who jump down laundry chutes? That would be super funny! Next time you come by where we live my mom said we will come see you to have you sign our books, but I’m just hoping you’ll tell me my fortune. I can’t wait! Thank you again for the great interview!”

Find Ivy and Bean No News Is Good News by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads

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3 Responses to Author Interview: 20 Questions with Annie Barrows

  1. Gina says:

    Fabulous interview, Turkeybird! You’ve done it again….got an author spill her guts (well, not literally…that’d be messy!) and make us smile all at the same time. Brava. ^_^

  2. It whistled? Spooky. Great interview.

  3. Thanks, Turkeybird and Annie Barrows! Great questions and funny answers. I don’t understand boys, either 🙂 We love Ivy & Bean at our house. We’ve read the first three books so far, and I think Santa is going to bring the next three for Christmas. Glad to hear there are more Ivy & Bean adventures in the works!

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