I’m super excited to reveal the cover to Jill Diamond’s Lou Lou and Pea and the Bicentennial Bonanza. Jill was kind enough to answer a handful of my questions.



5,4,3,2,1 Interview


1. Can you tell us a little bit about LOU LOU AND PEA AND THE BICENTENNIAL BONANZA?

Best friends Lou Lou Bombay and Peacock Pearl are back, and this time they’re busy preparing for the Bicentennial Bonanza, their city’s two-hundredth birthday bash. The party will take place in their beloved community of El Corazón and Lou Lou and Pea couldn’t be more excited, particularly since Pea is making the traditional Bonanza hats and Lou Lou is growing honeysuckle for the occasion. With a baking contest, talent show, and a new gazebo planned, the whole community can’t wait to celebrate! But when Vice-Mayor Andy Argyle claims the festivities belong to neighboring Verde Valley, using a mysterious diary as evidence, Lou Lou and Pea smell trouble. Will the friends be able to uncover the secrets of their city’s founding, and bring the Bonanza back to El Corazón?


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

There are so many great parts, it’s difficult to choose just one! One of the things I really love is building a whole new world that becomes anything I conceive. It can be fun, colorful, mysterious, exciting, joyful…the possibilities are endless. And, on top of that, I get to share my world with readers who use their imaginations to make this world their own!
3. What’s the hardest part of being a book creator?

Learning not to take criticism personally and instead using it to make your story better. This is hard, but so incredibly important!
4. If you could spend one day living in the world of a book, which book would you pick?

The world of the The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander so I could be best friends with Princess Eilonwy.

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

Look to your own life and world for creative inspiration. It is all around you. Inspiration comes from your family, your friends, your community, your culture, and, most of all, your own heart and dreams!


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