5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Interview: Lane Smith

Jory John and Lane smith are quite a pair! I am pretty confident that the kids in our homes, classrooms, and libraries are going to be BIG FANS of their new book Penguin Problems.

I got a chance to ask Lane Smith a handful of questions. It must be my lucky day!

5,4,3,2,1 Interview


  1. Can you tell us a little bit about PENGUIN PROBLEMS?

 Let me see if I have this right. I’m supposed to answer in 5 sentences? I don’t know if I can explain the book in just five sentences. Okay, let me give it a shot. It’s about a penguin with problems. Oh, and it also has some great life lessons. And it’s really funny! And… oh dear. That’s too much isn’t it? I went over 5 sentences, didn’t I? Oh dear. Okay, I’ll stop now. Really. I’m so sorry for going over. I have so many problems.


  1. What is best part about being a book illustrator?

 Staying. A. Kid. Forever.

  1. What’s the hardest part of being a book illustrator?

 There is nothing hard about being a book illustrator. It is the greatest job in the world. Except maybe being a teacher.


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

 The History of Chocolate. Okay, I guess I should say, The History of Chocolate (and Broccoli).

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

Always listen to your teacher.


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