When I first saw the cover, I thought to myself: this looks pretty funny, but probably not the kind of book I would run out to buy on release day (being a dude, I like explosions, sword-fights, car-chases, lightsabers, that kind of thing). But also being a writer, and a writer who blogs, I really do care a lot about helping each other out, so I figured what's the worst that could happen?
Sure I could have received the book, read it, hated it, and then felt really awkward about telling Anna and Heather that I just couldn't take part in the tour. But I should have known I wouldn't have to worry about any of that.
The day the package showed up at my house (we get a lot of books sent to us) my 10 year old daughter, Madison, wanted to know what was in it. When I opened it, and saw what it was, I told her the story of the ARC tour, and explained how such things work.
When she saw the cover she started freaking out. "Daddy, daddy, please let me read it? Please, please, please?" I may be paraphrasing here, but the point is my kid was not going to let me end the conversation without agreeing to let her read the book first.
So I did. It was clear that the cover was doing its job, and I figured if the book was marketed toward this kind of audience, why not let Madison in on the tour? The book is about 12-year-old Jenny, anyway, so it's a MG novel that is just right for my daughter's reading level.
I could go on about how exciting this all was, but I should probably get to the interview I conducted with Madison before this post goes on any longer.
When we first opened the package the book came in, you saw the cover, and immediately asked me if you could read it first. What was it about the cover that made you want to read the book?
It was the opposite of a fairytale (which are usually pretty boring, snore).
Did the book live up to what you expected it would be like, based on what you liked about the cover?
Yes, it was funny, and not as old fashioned as normal fairytales.
Who was your favorite character, and what did you like best about them?
Jenny, because she says the funny (and cheesy) things that could come out of a movie.
Without giving away any spoilers, what was your favorite part of the book?
Where the friends figured out Jenny was lying.
Have you read any books that were similar to this book? If so which ones, and how would you compare them?
Not really, I can’t think of any books like this one.
I saw you doing some writing in your notebook the day you finished this book. Did it inspire you to write a story of your own?
Yes, because it was fun to read.
Do you notice any themes in this story? If so, what did you think of them?
No I didn’t notice any themes in this story. [Editor's note: that's a tough question for a 10-year-old without giving her a chance to discuss the book with other readers, come on, dad]
Regarding the main character, what did she stand for, what was she trying to accomplish? And did you find yourself rooting for her?
She wanted to get being an adventurer over with, but once she did she wanted to get it back. And yes, I found myself rooting for her.
|Old picture, I know, but too adorable not to use.|
Yes, fiction-liking kids of any grade, up to like 8th.
Okay, so that's it for the interview. Brief, I know, but she's only ten.
Now, I will add that I haven't read the book myself yet (Madison just finished it on Sunday), but I have read the first chapter, which you can read too, here, and while it's still not really a book for overweight, hairy dads in their mid 30s, it is really hilarious.
I suggest you give it a look yourself. You can find Anna's blog here, and her website, here. Here are some other places you can find Anna and her book:
Watch the trailer
And that's it for today. Any questions?