5,4,3,2,1 Interview With The One and Only Anne Ursu

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Here are the rules:

1. I give the interviewee 5 questions

2. They have to answer

  • 1 question with 5 sentences
  • 1 question with 4 sentences
  • 1 question with 3 sentences
  • 1 question with 2 sentences
  • 1 question with 1 sentence

3. They get to pick which question which question to answer with each number of sentences

4. Have fun!

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Can you tell me a little bit about The Real Boy?

Yes. The Real Boy takes place in a village in a magical forest where the trees were once wizards.  Oscar—a shy boy whose only friends are cats—works in the cellar of the village’s only remaining magician, preparing herbs to sell to the magic-loving denizens of the nearby Shining City. But Oscar is forced to leave the safety of his cellar, and finds that the magic is failing, something is attacking the village, and no one is taking any of it seriously. So it will all be up to Oscar.

What is your favorite thing about being a writer?

May I pick two? I love making up stories for a living—I grew up loving books, and it always seemed natural that I would make them when I grew up. I also love interacting with readers. Young readers are the absolute best, and it’s a privilege to get to work with them.

 What’s the hardest thing about being a writer?

I think many writers want very badly to be heard in general. I’m not great at revealing myself in my real life, and books can feel like the most naked and pure expression of yourself. But you can’t control the way people react, or what they hear from the book, and that can be hard.

 If you could spend one day inside the world of any book which book would you pick?

The Phantom Tollbooth. I want to live there forever, and have a big clock dog as a friend.


What advice do you have for the young writers in our classrooms?

Read everything you can, and then read some more—and listen to Mr. Sharp.

Anne Ursu - Author Photo


Monday, 9/30 – Maria’s Melange – Maria’s Take on The Real Boy + Giveaway
Tuesday, 10/1 – There’s a Book – Danielle’s Take on The Real Boy + Giveaway
Wednesday, 10/2 – sharpread – Colby Interviews Anne
Thursday, 10/3 – Novel Sounds – Elena’s Take on The Real Boy + Giveaway
Friday, 10/4 – Word Spelunking – Aeicha Interviews Anne
Saturday, 10/5 – The Hiding Spot – Sara’s Take on The Real Boy + Giveaway
Sunday, 10/6 – The Brain Lair – Kathy’s Take on The Real Boy + Giveaway
Monday, 10/7 – Read, Write, Reflect – Anne Talks Oscar with Katherine
Tuesday, 10/8 – Librarian’s Quest – Margie’s Take on The Real Boy + Giveaway
Wednesday, 10/9 – Buried in Books – Heather’s Take on The Real Boy + Giveaway
Thursday, 10/10 – The Book Monsters – Kristen’s Take on The Real Boy + Giveaway
Friday, 10/11 – Cari’s Book Blog – Cari’s Take on The Real Boy + An Interview with Anne
Saturday, 10/12 – Unleashing Readers – Kellee Interviews Illustrator Erin McGuire
Sunday, 10/13 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – Gina’s Take on The Real Boy + Giveaway
Monday, 10/14 – Heise Reads and Recommends – Editor Jordan Brown Interviews Anne
Tuesday, 10/15 – Bulldog Readers Blog – The Bulldog Readers Debut Their Book Trailer


3 thoughts on “5,4,3,2,1 Interview With The One and Only Anne Ursu

  1. OK, Anne, first I have to say I wanted to read your book because of Colby’s MAJOR enthusiasm over it, but now, after actually reading your brief description, I’m totally going to be reading it! I really loved your answers, too 🙂

    Thanks for this interview, Colby and Anne! And I LOOOOOVE the COVER! 😀


  2. The Real Boy is such a special book. Oscar is just…well, I love him. He is a character that quietly pulls you into his heart, then his mind, then back into his heart. Great interview questions & answers~ I have a signed copy of The Phantom Tollbooth and it’s one of my most prized possessions 🙂


  3. I just have to tell you how very much I enjoy your site. The author interviews are amazing. The books you select are always such stand-outs. Thank you for nurturing and bringing together both readers and writers of children’s literature this way!


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