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Kids' Q&A

David A. Carter

Describe your latest project.
My most recently published book, One Red Dot, is an exploration into the joy of modern kinetic sculpture and the art of paper engineering. When I'm at a museum, I want to touch the sculptures but I know I can't. With this book I want you to touch the art. A red dot appears on each spread to provide a fun and sometimes challenging game of hide-and-seek fit for children of all ages. At a recent book signing an elderly gentleman exclaimed, as he approached the pop-up at the signing table, "Is that in a book?"

What fictional character would you like to be your friend, and why?
I would like Charlotte from Charlotte's Web to be my friend because she is so wise. I have a jumping spider who lives in the heat vents of my computer. It comes out to watch me work. Really, it's true. I don't think he is as smart as Charlotte because he hasn't written any words in a web — yet.

If you could choose any story to live in, what story would that be? Why?
One of my favorite stories is Norman the Doorman by Don Freeman. I would like to live in this story because Norman lives in an art museum and I wish I could too.

Introduce one other author you think people should read, and suggest a good place to start.
Over the years I have truly enjoyed the work of Patricia Polacco. Her drawings are fresh and expressive and her stories are from the heart. It is impossible for me to choose my favorite Patricia Polacco book, so I recommend that you read them all.

Describe your most memorable teacher.
My most memorable teacher was Miss Howard, my 4th grade teacher at Adelaide Elementary School in Bountiful, Utah. She introduced me to art. I remember the day she set up a still life with an orange and a coffee can. When she turned the spotlight onto the still life, the "art light" went on for me. I saw the shadow core, the cast shadow, the reflective light and the highlight just like she had explained. Miss Howard taught me how to see like an artist.

Offer a favorite sentence or passage from another writer.
"Put Something In," by Shel Silverstein

Draw a crazy picture,
Write a nutty poem,
Sing a mumble-gumble song,
Whistle through a comb.
Do a looney-gooney dance
'Cross the kitchen floor,
Put something silly in the world
That ain't been there before.

Do you read the Sunday funnies, and which are your favorites?
I read the Sunday funnies every Sunday and my favorites are: Doonesbury, Charlie Brown, BC, Hagar the Horrible, and my all time favorite is Calvin and Hobbes. As a child I was a Calvin, so every Sunday morning as a read Calvin and Hobbes I was transmogrified back to my childhood. I miss Calvin, so please Bill, please, please, please bring Calvin back.

What was your favorite story as a child?
My favorite story was The Biggest Bear, but I also liked the tall tales that my Grandpa Gill told me.

What do you do for relaxation?
For relaxation I like to go fast on skis in the high mountains, or snorkel in tropical waters looking for cool fish.

What is your idea of bliss?
I think bliss is skiing in 18 inches of fresh untracked powder on a crystal clear day, high in the mountains and then watching the alpenglow on the peaks as the sun sets. (That's the G-rated version.)

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
As a child growing up in Utah, I was exposed to fossils and dinosaurs, so at one point I wanted to be a paleontologist. Later I wanted to be either an artist, a professional skier or a rock star. I'm glad I ended up as an artist because I'm just an average skier and I have a terrible singing voice. spacer

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