5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Interview: Molly Idle


It’s time for another Sharp-Schu-Nerdy Book Club Trifecta. I cannot believe that I get to interview 2014 Caldecott Honor winning illustrator Molly Idle. *pinch me*

Before we get to the interview be sure to check out what Mr. Schu has cooked over at Watch.Connect.Read.


Molly wrote a great Nerdy Book Club post. Be sure to check it out.

nerdy monster


5,4,3,2,1 Interview

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!



1. Can you tell us a little bit about Camp Rex?

Like Tea REX, Camp REX, is an homage to the classic Goofy cartoon shorts of the 1930’s 40’s and 50s like, How to Dance and How to Fish. The juxtaposition of serious narration and slapstick imagery has had me belly-laughing ever since I can remember; so I love utilizing that pairing in a picture book! I’m a lot like Cordelia (always forging ahead, determined to do things the “right” way). Rex, and George (Cordelia’s little brother), are much more like my boys- happily doing things their own way. I think Cordelia, and I, could learn a lot from them… (5)


2. What is your favorite thing about being a writer?

My favorite thing about being a writer is making the artwork to tell the story. You know how they say “a picture is worth a thousand words”? Well, as I see it, if that’s true, then by the time I’ve finished illustrating a 40 page picture book, I’ve created the pictorial equivalent of a novel! (3)

3. What’s the hardest thing about being a writer?

Finding the right words. (1)

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

Harry Potter. No contest! (2)


5. What advice do you have for the young writers in my classroom?

Learn to love your language. Make friends with your thesaurus (which is a synonym finder, not a type of dinosaur). There are so many wonderful words out there waiting to be used well. And if, after considering them all, you still can’t find one that says just what you want to say… draw a picture instead! (4)

Molly's thesaurus!!!

Molly’s thesaurus!!!



2 thoughts on “5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Interview: Molly Idle

  1. Perfect timing! Just saw Molly at my local indie bookstore today (Saturday) for story time w/ Camp Rex. Pinch you? Pinch me! She is coming to my school on Friday!
    Can’t wait to share this trifecta with my colleagues, students and parents!


  2. Wait a sec! CAMP REX was released?!!! It wasn’t in the bookstore when I was there last week! Must check! lol

    OK, to say I adore your work, Molly, is an understatement. IT’S PHENOMENAL!!! In fact—not kidding here—back in Sept., after having read TEA REX for the umpteenth time, I was inspired to write a book—and I did! No, it had nothing to do with tea or dinosaurs, BUT, considering I illustrate myself, I imagined the entire books with your illustrations—not mine! lol Yes, I LOVE your work 😀

    I’ve also had the same thought about picture books being the equivalent of a novel, with the “1000 words” thing 🙂 And, for me, it almost goes without saying that the world of Harry Potter is THE place to want to be! Well, minus death eaters 😉

    Thanks for the VERY enjoyable interview, Colby and Molly 😀


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