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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!

One of the most fantastic things about the Turkeybird growing up is being able to read new and fun middle grade books aloud to him. When I was recently approached about reviewing and possibly interviewing Irene Latham’s new middle grade novel, Don’t Feed the Boy, I knew this would be one of those books. I’ve already finished reading Don’t Feed the Boy (and loved it), but we are now reading it together a short chapter at a time and the Turkeybird is having a blast! So, without further hesitation on our part, the Turkeybird’s 20 Question Interview with Irene Latham

1. A zoo! I think that would be really super cool to live in a zoo! How come Whit doesn’t like it that much?
The animals are fun to look at, but they don’t make very good friends. Whit wants someone who can talk back.

2. Do you like the zoo?
I love the zoo!

3. Why?
It makes me feel like I am traveling all over the world, seeing things I can’t see in my backyard. It’s really fun when I go with one of the many humans I love.

4. What’s your favoritest animal at the zoo?
Giraffes, just like Whit in DON’T FEED THE BOY.

5. What’s your favoritest animal not at the zoo?
My dog Ruby. She’s a very good friend.

6. Crayons or Markers?

7. Why?
I like those poetic names, like “sunset orange” and “tumbleweed” and “wild blue yonder”

8. What’s your favorite color?
Purple (I need to come up with a snazzy name of my own! Any ideas?)

9. When you were my age did you like to read?
I did! My favorites were Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss.

10. Do you like reading to your kids?
It’s one of my favorite things to do. Last night I was reading to my 12 year old THE CHOCOLATE WAR by Robert Cormier.

11. If they are/were five what would you read to them next?
“Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out” by Shel Silverstein. It’s a list poem of all the garbage, and the drawing still makes me smile. I bet you and Littlebug would like it!

12. Do you have a favorite treat? (Right now I love these crackers with chocolate and peanut butter on them! My mom lets me bring them to school sometimes.)
You have a very cool mom! I have been making these snacks that start with waffle-shaped pretzels, then you put a Rolo in the middle and heat it in the oven for just a few minutes until it is all gooey and crunchy. Tell your mom. I bet she will make some for you.

13. You have a lot of books! Which one is the best?
DON’T FEED THE BOY, of course!

14. Will you write a book for kids my age one day?
Yes! In fact, I already have: DEAR WANDERING WILDEBEEST. It’s a book of poems set at an African water hole. It will come out in 2014. There’s even a poem about dung beetles in the collection!

15. The zoo or an aquarium? (I think I’d pick an aquarium, but only if they have whales, because I really like whales!)
Oh, I can’t choose—I like whales too! My favorite aquarium is Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, TN. Gosh, I might have to write a book set at an aquarium next. . . .

16. I just started kindergarten and my favoritest things are the story imagination time and math workshop. What did you like super most about school?
My Third Grade teacher had a bathtub in her classroom. It was filled with pillows, and when we were very good, we got to climb inside and read! That was my favorite thing about school EVER.

17. Do you have a best friend like Whit?
I do! His name is Paul. He’s such a smart, funny, loyal, empathetic friend that I married him.

18. Swings or Slides?

19. Why?
I like that feeling of the world whooshing by . . .like I could be the Bird Girl and fly, fly so high.

20. What are you writing right now?
I’m writing a book about a funny 5 year old boy who has a 3 year old sister and a great mom who loves books! At least that’s the book I want to write, now that I’ve met YOU, Turkeybird! Thanks so much for having me. Happy reading to all!

PS…I super super super super like your last answer! That would be so neat!

The Turkeybird Speaks: Thank you so super much Mrs. Latham! Those pretzel chocolate things sound…wow! I asked my mom and she said we could make them for a family movie night soon and I can’t wait!

I have to tell you, your third grade teacher sounds way cool! Reading in a bathtub filled with pillows sounds so silly, but like a lot of fun. I think I might have to tell my kindergarten teacher about it, she would really really like that. Now I just have to find her a bathtub from somewhere…

Thank you super super a lot, again Mrs. Latham! We’re going to read the poem you talked about tomorrow for bedtime and the picture for it looks silly. I can’t wait!

Stay tuned for our review later today, as well as a giveaway of Don’t Feed the Boy by Irene Latham! Until then, connect with Irene on her Website, Blog, Twitter and Facebook. Also, be sure to visit the next stop on the tour, The Children’s Book Review and see the rest of the tour schedule here.

Find Don’t Feed the Boy by Irene Latham and Illustrated by Stephanie Graegin at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads

Thank you so much to the publisher, Roaring Brook Press, for providing a copy of this book for review in conjunction with Blue Slip Media who coordinated this great interview! Thank you both! Connect with them on Twitter, on their blog MacTeenBooks and on Facebook!
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5 Responses to Author Interview: 20 Questions with Irene Latham

  1. Awwww how sweet was her answer about what she’s writing now? Love it.

  2. Irene Latham says:

    Thank you so much for having me! It could be the most fun interview I’ve ever done. You make me want to swing and color, Turkeybird. xo

  3. Gina says:

    Fab interview yet again and how exciting that Turkeybird is getting in on the Middle Grade reading fun! I’ve got a friend who’s favorite is giraffes (they are pretty cool) and I totally agree with the world experience from visiting the zoo. Shel Silverstein! Loved his poetry books….still have them too! Thanks for sharing guys!

  4. Cathe Olson says:

    My favorite question (and answer) was number 11 about what Irene would read to a 5 year old. I am going to check that poem out!

  5. Heidi Grange says:

    Sarah Cynthia is my all time favorite poem! I’m not sure why, I’ve just always liked it since I first heard it in elementary school.

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