5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Interview: Aaron Zenz


Aaron Zenz is as nice as anyone I have ever met. He cares deeply about kids and reading, AND he is a super talented author/illustrator. I’m thankful that Aaron throws himself into Nerd Camp each year. He comes the entire time, and doesn’t stop learning and sharing until camp is over.

Aaron was kind enough to answer my interview questions about his new book Monsters Go Night-Night. Before we get to the interview check out this awesome drawing my daughter drew, and Aaron’s version of her monster.


AJ’s Monster


Aaron’s version of AJ’s monster

5,4,3,2,1 Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about Monsters Go Night-Night?

The book is a fun guessing game, turned on its head. For each bedtime ritual (taking a bath, brushing teeth…), we try to pick which of the four items on the page the monster will use. Of course, the correct answer will be the wrong-est one. And while the answers might be obvious, it’s fun shouting out the nonsense words. And it’s even more fun turning the page to see the monster actually using the ridiculous things!


2. What is best part about being a book creator?

Crafting worlds! Bringing characters to life! Knowing that before I came on the scene, these personalities and places didn’t exist, but now they do.


3. What’s the hardest part of being a book creator?

All the things that don’t have to do with book creation, like paying rent and feeding hungry mouths.


4. If you could spend one day living in the world of a book, which book would you pick?

I think I could be pretty happy exploring Perelandra. I’d have a blast hopping floating islands, eating exotic fruits, and checking out all the fantastic creatures.


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

Create all kinds of things. Make drawings and photographs and stories and sculptures and games and jokes and music and plays and characters and maps and codes and snowforts and experiments and comics and puppets and machines. Don’t be afraid to make messes. Don’t forget to clean them up when you’re done (so you have room to make the next one).


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