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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 a favorite author of his and his mom’s, Keith Graves. Graves is most well known for his numerous picture books, but recently released an amazing middle grade book titled The Orphan of Awkward Falls. We’ll be posting a review shortly, but until then we wanted to share a little more about this great author! So, without further hesitation on our part, the Turkeybird’s 20 question interview with Keith Graves…

1. Do you like writing or drawing better?

I like writing better sometimes, and drawing/painting better other times.

2. Why?

Some days it just feels better to tell a story with words instead of pictures, and some days it’s just the opposite. When I want to describe an action scene, words are usually best. When I want to describe a character, I reach for my pencil.

3. When you were my age did you like to draw?

I always liked to draw. My first really cool picture was of my bike. I had a very sweet bike.

4. What did you draw the most?

I drew cartoon characters, monsters and cars mostly. As a teen I began to draw rock band posters.

5. Wow! You built a nuclear submarine! Did you get it to work?

It almost worked. My friends and I couldn’t find any plutonium in the garage, so we used Alka Seltzer tablets instead. LOTS of them. Not a great idea.

6. Crayons or Markers?

I always liked both.

7. Why?

Markers for graphics, crayons for dramatic landscapes.

8. What’s your favorite color?


9. Have you ever gone possum hunting?

Never. The only thing I hunt is my cat when she gets out. But I don’t shoot her, I just give her some milk.

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

Curious George

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

I like apple pie with cheese on top. You heard me. Cheese.

12. What kind of sandwich will you be having in two weeks from now?

Who knows? My new favorite is avocado and tomato. Next week I’m thinking something involving peanut butter and some kind of fruit.

13. Swings or Slides?

I’m a slide guy. The higher the better.

14. Why?

Because you go somewhere.

15. Do you have a favorite animal?

Gila Monsters. They’re really scary.

16. Monsters or Chickens?

Both, obviously.

17. Why?

If you have to ask…

18. Do you like writing books for big kids or little kids better?

Why do you keep asking these difficult questions? I like writing for both. When I feel all ‘wordy’ I go for the older stuff. When I feel all ‘picturey’ I do a picture book for the young set.

19. What did you dress up as for Halloween?

I was a guy with a giant green hat, a fake mustache and extremely shiny shoes with chains for laces.

20. What are you drawing right now?

A gorilla named Bubbles and a monkey named Oop. They’re cracking me up.

The Turkeybird Speaks: “Wow! Thanks for the great interview Keith! Next time I’ll make sure to stick to my easier questions though. I think your answer was great for which books you like writing the most, even if I think I like your kids books way more! (My mom’s the one who likes the ‘wordy’ stuff.)

“So, apple with cheese on top? I don’t know ’bout that. I really super super love cheese, but apples? Wouldn’t they ruin it? My mom says no, but I’m just not sure about that. I think you’re being silly. I’m really happy you don’t really go possum hunting though, I’m a vegetarian!

“Thank you again Mr. Graves! That was a super fun and very silly interview! I loved it!”

Find The Orphan of Awkward Falls by Keith Graves 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 Keith Graves

  1. Fun!
    The Chicken Big cover cracks me up!

  2. Kristen M. says:

    Yay! I just grabbed this book when I saw it at the library today. It’s on my Chronicle Happy Haulidays list so I’m sure I will win a copy soon but I wanted to read it now. It’s possibly the best book title I’ve ever seen too. 🙂 Great interview!

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