5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Interview Jillian and Mariko Tamaki

When someone says would you be interested in interview the creators of a Caldecott and Printz honor winning book it is very very easy to say yes.

5,4,3,2,1 Interview


I still can’t believe that I get to do this interview.


1. Can you tell us a little bit about This One Summer? (5)

MT: This One Summer is the story of two girls, Rose and Windy, which takes place during their summer at the cottage. It’s a story about being something between a little kid and an adult, as experienced by both the kids and the adults in this book.

JT: I would agree with this description!


2. What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
MT: Writing.  It’s a pretty great job creating things for a living.  Especially when you get to work with other creative people.

JT: Connecting with people over ideas and stories. Being able to take a nap in the afternoons.

3. What’s the hardest thing about being a writer?
MT: Balancing writing with other work (to pay the bills).

JT: The economics of being a creative person is an ever-evolving trick. I think, also, carving out the conditions in your life that are conducive to creativity. That’s a privilege to be able to do that.
4. If you could spend one day inside the world of any book which book would you pick?
MT: Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are.


JT: Patti Smith’s Just Kids.

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

MT: Don’t give up.

Be sure to check out  This One Summer from your public library or purchase it from a local independent bookshop


3 thoughts on “5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Interview Jillian and Mariko Tamaki

  1. Colby, we are very glad you get to interview them, too! Congratulations on your Caldecott And Printz Honors! It’s always exciting to see such wonderful work and a full graphic novel get recognized!


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