5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Interview: Jenny Offill

I’m super excited to be celebrating Sparky! today with Mr. Johnny Schu. Head over to his blog to read his interview with Sparky! Illustrator Chris Appelhans.


Sparky is one of my favorite picture book characters from 2014. There is something about that sloth that makes me smile every time I see that book.

I’m excited to be able to interview the author of Sparky!, Jenny Offill.

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



1. Can you tell us a little bit about Sparky?

The girl in the story wants a pet, but her mother says she can only have one if it doesn’t have to be walked or bathed or fed. A genius librarian helps her research the possibilities and she figures out that a sloth would fit the bill. She orders Sparky by express mail, but when he gets there he goes right to sleep. The girl wants to show off her pet to the neighborhood kids so she rashly promises she’ll have a Trained Sloth Extravaganza very very soon.

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

Write about things that matter to you. Seek out experiences you find thrilling or funny or fascinating. Remember that anything can happen in a story (anything!) so don’t worry that your ideas are too weird. If you want to be a writer, read more than anyone else you know.

3. If you could spend one day inside the world of any book which book would you pick?
I would go through the wardrobe and into Narnia. I have always wanted to be taken in by kindly beavers. I’d be scared that I’d run into the White Witch though.

The Chronicles of Narnia 2 - The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe Cover

4. What is the hardest thing about being a writer?

There’s no formula for how to write well. You have to trust your own ideas and ignore all the people who tell you you should do something more practical.

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

People send me free books!

2 thoughts on “5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Interview: Jenny Offill

  1. I”m pretty sure I recently saw this book on the B&N shelves! 😀 I didn’t have time to read it though. Next time! I love the premise 🙂 So fresh! And what a great name for a sleepy sloth! lol

    And I wasn’t aware that, as a writer, people give you books! lol Great interview, Jenny and Colby 🙂


  2. Since I’ve been blogging more, I’ve won a few book give aways. What a thrill! I love Jenny’s advice to budding authors. I have a former student who told me she wants to be an author. I told her to read a lot. That is something I am having to catch up on. We can never read too much.


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