Be sure to go on over to Mr. Schu’s blog to read his interview with The Terrible Two illustrator Kevin Cornell.
Now it’s my turn. How lucky am I? I get to interview Mac Barnett.
1. Can you tell us a little bit about the The Terrible Two?
It’s a book about friendship, and about pranking, and about who we are and what we choose to show to the world. A kid shows up at a new school, determined to establish himself as the local prankster-in-chief, only to discover the position’s already taken. And so begins a prank war of Homeric proportions.
2. What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
I love telling stories. I love reading books. And I love sleeping in.
3. What’s the hardest thing about being a writer?
It’s a job that requires tremendous discipline. There’s a big part of personality that’s slack and ungovernable, so getting work done can involve significant internal turmoil.
4. If you could spend one day inside the world of any book which book would you pick?
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
5. What advice do you have for the young writers in my classroom?
Read. Read all sorts of books: books you think you’ll like, books you don’t think you’ll like, books you’re halfway through and know you’re not liking. (I often learn more from bad books than good ones.) The more you read the better you get at writing. And that’s true for your whole life, not just while you’re in school.