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Original Essays | September 30, 2014 0 comments
Brandon Bartlett, the fictional mayor of Portland in my novel Sherwood Nation, is addicted to playing video games. In a city he's all but lost... Continue »
Adam RexDescribe your latest project.
Pssst! is basically a cautionary tale for people who don't know how to say no when asked by zoo animals to run personal errands for them. But I don't want it to sound like too much of a "message" book. It also has penguins wearing bicycle helmets.
I'm no good at describing my own work. Here's what the publisher says:
A child, a visit to the zoo, animals sounds like good, simple all-American fun. But there's something different about this zoo. These animals want things. Unusual things. What will they do with them?
See, that's better, right? Draws you in.
My first novel also comes out this October The True Meaning of Smekday.
It got in my hands because I borrowed it from my sister. It's still in my hands because I accidentally spilled a bottle of Guinness on it and she doesn't want it back.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Why do you write books for kids?
It's immensely satisfying to be read by kids, though, because they adore books so much. Every title they pick up becomes a landmark in their young lives, and I think it only gets harder and harder to have that kind of impact on people as they grow older.
Name the best Simpsons episode of all time, and explain why it's the best.
What's your favorite holiday and why?
So I'll say Christmas.
If you could pick anyone to illustrate one of your books, who would it be and why? Conversely, if you're an illustrator, for what author would you like to illustrate?
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Adam Rex is the illustrator of The Dirty Cowboy by Amy Timberlake, Ste-E-E-E-eamboat A-Comin' by Jill Esbaum, and Small Beauties by Elvira Woodruff. He wrote and illustrated Tree Ring Circus and the New York Times bestseller Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich. Adam lives with his wife in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.