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Kids' Q&A

Chris Raschka

Describe your latest project.
The Hello, Goodbye Window is a child's description of her grandparents' home and its unique window which both welcomes her and sends her on her way back to her parents.

And my new book, coming in the summer, is a story about the five senses, called Five for a Little One, featuring a bunny and a bunny family. It is rendered in rhyme, potato prints, and sumi ink.


  1. The Hello, Goodbye Window
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    The Hello, Goodbye Window

    Norton Juster and Chris Raschka

  2. Charlie Parker Played Be Bop
  3. New York Is English, Chattanooga Is Creek.
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  4. Yo! Yes?
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    Yo! Yes?

    Chris Raschka

What fictional character would you like to be your friend, and why?
I want Mr. Mulliner to be my friend, the great raconteur of the bar parlour the Angler's Rest. Why? Because I want to sip hot Scotch with lemon as he tells me the funniest stories ever spoken in English.

If you could choose any story to live in, which story would it be? Why?
I would live in Phineas Finn, and perhaps be a backbencher. No, I would be a successful society portraitist, taking my summers on Capri to paint landscapes. On second thought, I think I'll go straight to the source: put me in South Wind, and make me an eccentric bachelor there.

Introduce one other author/illustrator you think people should read, and suggest a good book by him/her.
Hilaire Belloc, who wrote a number of hilarious poems for children and a whole host of erudite, funny, wide-ranging essays and travelogues, like The Path to Rome.

Offer a favorite sentence or passage from another writer.
"Ah, tea, tea, tea, what, what?"
From one of the Jeeves stories.

How did the last good book you read end up in your hands?
I'm reading Jack Kerouac's wonderful Windblown World right now which I happened across at Labyrinth Book Store on 112th Street here in Manhattan, which is a wonderful place to stumble across many interesting good things.

What is your favorite breakfast cereal?
Kashi Medley

What do you do for relaxation?
I knit.

What is your idea of bliss?
Chest-high waves, five-mile-an-hour north wind, air 55 degrees, water 48 degrees, early April, sunny, in the grey-green waters off urban Long Beach, New York, on a Thursday in the morning and on it.

Make a question of your own, then answer it.
When will I next browse the aisles of Powell's?
Soon, I hope spacer

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