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The 20 Question Interview with our very own Turkeybird is our feature interview that happens with all of the book authors, illustrators and poets we love! Today the Turkeybird and his mom are jumping up and down with excitement over today’s author, Barry Wolverton. His debut novel, Neversink, is one of the first middle grade novels Turkeybird has been able to listen to in it’s entirety and he loved it! We’ll be posting a review a little later today, but until then we wanted to share this very fun interview!
So, without further hesitation on our part, the Turkeybird’s 20 question interview with Barry Wolverton…

1. A puffin, a walrus and a hummingbird?! Wouldn’t the walrus just squash the puffin and the hummingbird? He’s super huge! I know, we live by walruses. (Mom: Elephant seals really, in Cambria CA, about thirty minutes away.)
You are one lucky Turkeybird! Elephant seals are even bigger than walruses! I’d love to see one myself. Take Lockley and Ruby’s advice and keep your eyes open when gigantic mammals are around, and you won’t get squashed.

2. Do you wear pants? Lockley says there’s no such thing as pants, but I have pants!
I wear pants most of the time. Remember, when Lockley said that, you weren’t born yet and there were no pants. Hats came first.

3. Crayons or Markers?

4. Why?
When I was your age my best friend and I would draw our favorite sports stars all the time, and markers were better for doing all the different colors in football and baseball uniforms.

5. What’s your favorite color?
Gray. Some people find gray depressing, but I find it relaxing.

6. Do you like it cold outside like where Egbert is from?

7. Why?
I’m from Subtropical Mississippi. Like Ruby the hummingbird I prefer warm weather. But also like her, I’m fascinated by creatures who live in these crazy climates.

8. Do you have a favorite treat? (Mine is anything chocolate!)
Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream!!!!

9. When you were my age did you like to read?
I liked the Uncle Wiggily stories featuring this funny rabbit. You probably haven’t heard of him.

10. If you were four what would you read next?
I would read all about puffins on the back of my delicious Puffins cereal box. (Don’t worry, they don’t really make the cereal with actual puffins.)

11. My mom said that thing on your shirt is for some kind of music stuff. Are you really a music guy and not a book guy?
No, I’m definitely a book guy. But Memphis, where I live, is mostly known for music, and that thing on my shirt is from the legendary Stax Records. Tell your mom you want to hear some Otis Redding.

12. We live next to the ocean and it is so neat and so super big! How long does it take to get to Ocean’s End?
I guess it depends on whether you travel by boat, plane, or puffin! It’s a long way no matter what.

13. Why do you like to write?
I like to make things up. Also, I don’t like to talk.

14. Do you think maybe you fed Charlie the walrus-cat too many clams? Or maybe it was the smidgens? (Who’s Charlie? Find out here!)
Charlie loves smidgens! A little too much. I have him on diet cat food now and he has slimmed down some.

15. Does Charlie have dreams about carpenters like Egbert? (That was my favorite part in the book because my mom wouldn’t stop laughing. She thought it was so funny, I still don’t know why.)
Sometimes when Charlie is asleep I see his little tongue come out and lick his lips. I bet he’s dreaming about eating some yummy oysters with a carpenter. Or maybe just eating a carpenter.

16. Swings or Slides?

17. Why?
When you get to the bottom of a slide you have to climb back up again. But you can sit on a swing and swing as long as you want.

18. Snowy Owls or Pygmy Owls? (My pick is for Snowy owls.)
I can’t choose!

19. Why? (That Rozbell was a Pygmy I think and he was crazy!)
Well, I love snowy owls. They are very beautiful and there is no other owl like them. But tiny owls are cute too. My uncle works in a science museum that had an injured screech owl named Red. He was like a big pair of yellow eyes on legs. And he would croak at you.

20. What are you writing right now? (My mom and me both want it to be more Neversink!)
For now I have written the one and only story of Neversink. But I am working on a new book about an adventurous boy that involves ships, mysterious maps, disappearing islands, people who aren’t who they seem to be, and maybe even an animal or two. I hope you’ll like it!

The Turkeybird Speaks: Barry, you are the best! Thank you for your answers! My mom has been playing Otis Redding for me and I really like his music so much. And I don’t normally like music, just Frank Sinatra, but now I can listen to Otis too! My mom seems happy about this.

Do you know how silly it is that Charlie could eat a whole carpenter?! He needs more of that diet food I think. But he sounds like a super cool cat!

Okay, so you totally have to write more Neversink! Your other book sounds like pirates and I really like pirates too, but I still want to read Neversink again.

Barry, you’re super super cool! Thank you for the bestest interview ever and for your really neat book. Oh, and thanks for the answer about the ice cream! That stuff is so yummy!

Barry Wolverton is the first human ever granted access to the walrus library at Ocean’s End, where he conducted extensive research for NEVERSINK, his first book. In addition to Walrus he speaks Chicken, although actual chickens don’t appear to understand him. He lives with a moderately overweight cat named Charlie (who understands him but doesn’t listen) in Memphis, Tenn. Visit him at

Follow the Neversink Blog Tour for more reviews, interviews and giveaways of Neversink by Barry Wolverton!
Tuesday March 27th –  Nerdy Book Club
Wednesday March 28th – Cari’s Book Blog
Thursday March 29th – Teach Mentor Texts
Friday March 30th – Buried in Books
Saturday March 31st – Buried in Books
Saturday March 31st – Icey Books
Sunday April 1st – The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia
Monday April 2nd – The Write Path
Tuesday April 3rd – The Other Side of the Story
Wednesday April 4th – There’s a Book (Here!)
Thursday April 5th – National Children’s Book Examiner
Friday April 6th – Another Gray Day

Find Neversink by Barry Wolverton at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads

Thank you to Walden Pond Press for coordinating today’s interview and providing a copy of the book for review! Find Walden Pond Press on Twitter and Facebook!
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11 Responses to Author Interview: 20 Questions with Barry Wolverton

  1. Gina says:

    Another stunning interview from the Turkeybird…you’re turning into quite the reporter-type there kiddo! Ah yes…I remember seeing this book pop up through the blogosphere, looks like a magical journey indeed and it sounds like it won you both over. Yay puffins….yay books! Thanks for the fab interview guys and gals…always love checking out these posts because you never know just what curious thing you’ll uncover next. Happy reading!

  2. PragmaticMom says:

    Great job Turkeybird! Loved your questions!!

  3. PragmaticMom says:

    Great job Turkeybird! Loved your questions!!

  4. Meg Medina says:

    Such a lovely guy — and a sweet book. Glad to see he is on blog tour!

  5. Kristen M. says:

    Great interview! I had a lot of fun reading it and I’m looking forward to reading Neversink with Z!

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