What is the funniest thing a reader has ever told you?
I am so happy to say that I have visited a number of schools to share the story of red socks. The kids always have the most amazing stories to tell and I love listening to them as we discuss and share our similar experiences in relation to the main character’s. Sometimes it is the funny things that they say after the story that stick with me or it is actions that take place as they gather around, shake my hand and tell me a few more their “scab” stories or experiences. One of my favorite memories involves a young boy in grade 5 who came up after I had finished reading the story and chatted with me about how he enjoyed the book. He then extended his hand to me so that we could shake hands. As we released hands I noticed that there was suddenly a stick of gum in the palm of my hand. I looked at him and he was quick to give me a wide grin, a wink and then a nod. I felt like I had passed the test. This forbidden stick of gum secretly passed to me in the school’s library meant that he enjoyed my story.
If you could be any occupation other than an author, what would you be and why?
If I could simply visit schools and read the story to others it would be a dream “job”. I’m getting better at it as my face doesn’t appear to be as red as my socks by the end of each visit. I think that I am very fortunate though as I do work from home. This allows me the flexibility to visit schools and yet still be available and around for both of my boys.
Do you ever laugh or cry while reading your own books? Explain!
When I first was looking over the book and reading it there would be both laughter and a few tears. Some of the experiences of the main character are based on my own personal experiences and some are based on my experiences as a “Mom”. Evan Munday illustrated the book and was kind enough to follow through on a few requests of mine to include some very special names somewhere in the book. When I share the story with the children and tell them about these secret names on the page every now and then it just tugs at the ‘ole heart strings. I have had some emotional reactions from teachers and/or librarians who were present for the reading of Red Socks. I think that children relate to the main character and the adult, whether parent or guardian, relates to the “Mom” in the story. I feel that the story makes one stop and think of their own experiences, encourages conversation and brings up many emotions while reading it.
What is the last children’s book you read? Why did you read it?
The last children’s book that I read was Drew Daywalt’s “The Day The Crayons Came Home”. I took it to my son’s elementary school to read for Reading Week (along with his first book entitled “The Day The Crayons Quit”).
If your latest book (or any book) was made into a movie, who would play the main character?
If Red Socks Go With Absolutely Anything was made into a movie I might just have my boys audition for role of the main character. They have been involved with a wonderful children’s theatre program for a number of years and in my eyes are superstars! I am sure they would be fully capable of managing the role or roles just fine.
Who wrote your favorite book, the one you have read over and over again? What makes this book your favorite?
I would have to say that Drew Daywalt’s “The Day the Crayons Came Home” and “The Day The Crayons Quit” are my favorites. I adore picture books and they always bring up such fond memories of reading to my children. I received “The Day the Crayons Quit” from my boys as a birthday present some time ago and absolutely adore it. It is such an imaginative book with such loveable characters. As I read it I can envision these little crayons with their big personalities. When my boys and I read it together we often go off topic and start these little crayons on our own adventures with “what if ...” scenarios.
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C.M. Huddleston’s Five Star Review of Red Socks Go with Absolutely Anything
This books cover caught my eye and held it! The explosive red and black on white and the cartoon like illustrations grab you right off. Then you begin to read and learn you can do anything and go anywhere with the support of one woman who always dressed in red socks. This is a book for early grades to adult. It’s story is simple, but extremely heart warming. It is one you will remember every time you don a pair of bright red socks.
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