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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, Jennifer Fosberry. Jennifer is the author of the wonderful picture books My Name Is Not Isabella, My Name Is Not Alexander and recently released, Isabella: Girl on the Go. 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 Jennifer Fosberry…

1. Alexander or Isabella? (This is an ongoing battle between my sister and me. You probably want to know I like Isabella.)
TBird – I am so glad to hear that YOU like Isabella. When I first wrote it I was worried that boys would think it was too girly. Luckily that never happened, although most boys get real excited when they hear there is a “boy book” as well. There – did I answer your question and yet NOT answer the question? Pheww.

2. Why?
Whoops, guess there’s no escaping it. This is hard. Like asking a parent which child is their favorite, I love them both (Isabella and Alexander Books) for different reasons. Isabella was my first, and to have people pay attention was so wonderful. Plus she has purple hair! Sometimes I feel like Alexander is not getting as much love in the real world because most parents don’t think boys NEED the kind of encouragement, that the world is theirs. I just like to make sure that I say that to everybody. (Plus, he’s a really good dancer!)

3. Where is the best place in the world you’ve been?
I have loved every place I have been. I loved the few weeks I got to visit Italy when I worked as an engineer. Everything is so old and you feel it to your bones. To open the window and look out over the square and wonder how many people have done the same thing for the hundreds of years the building has been there, it is a marvel of human kind to me. I loved living in Costa Rica for the two years I was there. And now I am so happy back in California. Really, there is always something to love about every place that I have been (and always something to miss about the last place), but as long as I am with my family I am happy everywhere. My father always used to say, “Bloom where you are planted.”

4. Where are you going to go when you get grown-up?
Everywhere! Actually I have a trip coming up in a few months to go to the Philippines with my family. My husband grew up there and so it is very exciting to get to see where he lived as a kid. Plus there are beaches, and lounge chairs. I am pretty excited about that.

5. Swings or slides?
Swings. No Question!

6. Why?
The ratio of work to fun is much lower. Plus I am told I used to swing for hours when I was a little kid. Bet my mom got a lot of housework done, huh?

7. When you were my age did you like to read?
I couldn’t read when I was your age. I didn’t learn to read until I was 5 ½ years old! But I always LOVED being read to and my Mom was really good at it. She actually helped to start the library in my hometown and plus she got all her housework done while I was swinging, so plenty of time for reading!

8. Do you like to write now?
Sometimes. Sometimes not.

9. Why?
It is hard work, and sometimes I get stuck. So sometimes I don’t like it. But I still do it, because I like when I get to be done!

10. Crayons or Markers?

11. Why?
Because the ratio of fun to work is much higher.

12. When your kids were my age what did you read to them?
My kids still are, well my baby is one year older (she’s 5) and then my other two are 7 and 10. I still read to them all the fun new picture books we get from the library so I can see what great stuff other people have written. Plus the classics, like Dr. Seuss. We are transitioning to my first grader doing some of the reading, so Little Bear and Frog and Toad are really big at my house these days. I had forgotten how brilliant Frog & Toad are, and “A Kiss for Little Bear” is so sweet! Plus we also listen to books on tape in the car. Nothing too scary.

13. What’s your favorite color?
Right now I really like black, but when I was a little girl it was magenta.

14. Why?
Because black is slimming and it goes with everything, AND it is really ALL the colors put together so you don’t have to make a choice. And when I was a kid, because magenta is a fancy way of saying pink.

15. Do you have a favorite treat? (Mine is anything chocolate!)
I really like Dunkin Donuts. They don’t have that in California, so any time I go back East I eat as much DD as I can. My favorite is the chocolate glazed and the jelly. Other than that, I hate jelly donuts. But the jelly at Dunkin Donuts is just right.

16. My favorite movie is Peter Pan right now. Do you have a favorite?
Peter Pan was a favorite of mine, I love the idea of imagination in that film. When I was in high school and had to pick a favorite quote for my yearbook, I picked “Three stars to the right, and straight on ‘till morning.” Now it is much harder for me to find time to watch movies, but I made sure that my husband and I saw ALL the Harry Potter movies in the theaters. That was quite a feat with three little kids!

17. You have a dog. Do you like cats too?
I am not a big fan of cats because they scare me a little. That thing they do where the close their claws on your lap, like they are kneading dough, but with sharp things. I don’t like it. Everyone says that it is to show that they like you, but it scares me. So I appreciate cats, as long as they don’t “knead” to claw me. Hee Hee.

18. My favorite book last year was Should I Share My Ice Cream by Mo Willems. What was yours?
I love Mo Willems too. Last year I did an “Elephant and Piggie” dramatic reading with my little brother Josh (he’s over 30 and over 6 feet tall now, but will always be my little brother) for my kids. Alas he wouldn’t let me record it, but it would have been hysterical! But my favorite book that I discovered last year was probably was “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds.

19. Why?
I loved the message and my kids loved it. Oh, and also “Guess Again” by Mac Barnett because we laughed so much.

20. What are you writing right now?
I just finished a book about Isabella and Alexander together (tentatively called, “Isabella and Alexander Own the Sky”) that should be out next year. So now I am working on an Alexander book that I hope will be published in a few years, once he gets some street cred. And a middle grade (shh….this is new, so don’t tell anyone) that I am very nervous about. It’s a lot of words.

The Turkeybird Speaks: Wow! Thank you for your answers Jennifer! I think I’m going to have my mom call me TBird from now on. I like it a lot!

My mom keeps telling me that we will see those Harry Potter movies some time, but that maybe we will read the books first. She says some of them are a little scary if I read them now, but I like the sounds of all that cool magic and stuff.

Your answer about Isabella and Alexander was really good and now I’m going to talk to Littlebug about who she thinks is still better. So thanks! And thank you for your interview! It was a lot of fun!

Find Isabella: Girl on the Go by Jennifer Fosberry and Illustrated by Mike Litwin at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads

Thank you so much to the publisher, Sourcebooks, for providing a copy of this book for review and coordinating this interview! Connect with them on Twitter and on Facebook!
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One Response to Author Interview: 20 Questions with Jennifer Fosberry

  1. Hey Tbird – thanks so much for the interview. I forgot to tell you that I am one of those people that makes up my own nicknames for people. It’s part of my “specialnesss.” But I think Tbird is a name you can grow into as you get older.

    I also must say, I agree with your Mom about the Harry Potter. Definitely read the books before seeing the movies. And I think you want to be a little older, it can be kind of scary. My 4th grader is still a little scared, so we haven’t read them.

    Thanks so much for this interview!

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