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Original Essays | February 11, 2014 2 comments
There are seven stories I read at least once a year, for pleasure and in the same very rational spirit that infertile males of certain old (and new)... Continue »
Emily JenkinsDescribe your latest project.
Some people are a little bit scary. The cafeteria lady who only lets you take one milk. The music teacher who yells. The kid who chews on her pencil and mutters to herself. The police officer on the corner. But if you could see those people at home with their dogs, their families, their pianos and cowboy stories, you would see that they're maybe not so scary after all. I wrote The Little Bit Scary People because I myself am still scared of sommeliers and unkind bus drivers and the like so I figured I could channel and articulate that feeling for children. Alexandra Boiger made the most amazing pictures! I am so excited to have her illustrating my words. Her characters are wonderfully specific, comic, and true.
I would surely regret it, but there is a part of me that would really like to meet Meg Rosoff's Wild Boars.
If you could choose any story to live in, which story would it be? Why?
Introduce one other author/illustrator you think people should read, and suggest a good book by him/her.
Offer a favorite sentence or passage from another writer.
The picture shows an action figure, dressed for adventure, seriously guarding a mischievous-looking bit of toast. It does what I most admire in writing for children, and something that is very hard to get on paper: Grey captures the way a child thinks, the way a child (the owner of Traction Man) pulls together disparate elements to create a completely unique world for himself. The Ruth Krauss book I mentioned above does that as well.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Tell us about your pets.
If you could pick anyone to illustrate one of your books, who would it be and why?
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Emily Jenkins is the author of numerous highly acclaimed books for children, including That New Animal, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor recipient; Daffodil; Five Creatures; and Toys Go Out. The author lives in Brooklyn, New York.