Love of Reading Gallery – Oliver Jeffers

Tuesday, August 5, 2008.

Love of Reading Gallery - Oliver JeffersWhen we put out the call for illustrations that promote a love of reading, we didn’t expect to receive 51 submissions in about a month.

As part of the second anniversary celebrations of the Just One More Book!! children’s book podcast, we’re conducting short interviews with each illustrator that contributed to our Love of Reading Gallery. These interviews will be published three times each week as extra shows in our interview feed.

Author, illustrator and artist Oliver Jeffers makes an encore appearance on this edition of Just One More Book!! This time Oliver talks about his Love of Reading Gallery submission titled The Incredible Book Reading Joy.

Be sure to enjoy all of the amazing artwork in our Love of Reading Gallery.

Relevant links:

Interview with Oliver Jeffers

Monday, February 11, 2008.

Photo of Oliver Jeffers by Christopher HeaneyAs an artist, he says that his work in children’s picture books is only a small part of what he does; however, because the books are for children, people may view his work as being of less value. His fine art is powerful and children’s books engaging and, at age 30, a sign of even greater things to come.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Mark speaks with author, illustrator and artist, Oliver Jeffers about storytelling through illustration and words, connecting logic and emotion, and inspiring conversation through creative works.

Oliver Jeffers’ book, The Incredible Book Eating Boy is a Finalist in the Fiction Picture Book category of the 2007 Cybils awards.

Books mentioned:

Photo: Christopher Heaney (from Contemporary Writers)

Revenge of the Words: Oliver Has Something to Say!

Friday, June 15, 2007.

Oliver Has Something to SayAuthor: Pamela Edwards
Illustrator: Louis Pilon
Published: 2007 Lobster Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1897073526

Slurps, spaghetti, grimaces and gasps seem to spurt from the page in this animated escapade of a younger sibling who finally finds his voice.

Far-Out Friendship: The Way Back Home

Wednesday, January 21, 2009.

The Way Back HomeAuthor: Oliver Jeffers (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Published: 2007 Harper Collins (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0007182325

Cheery, matter-of-fact narration and gorgeous fridge-door worthy art give us a mind’s eye view of one whopping lunar adventure in this beautiful tale of space travel, spunk and solidarity.

HOTLINE VOICES: Victoria Long fondly remembers her mother reading If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (by Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond) to her.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

Dorian Green: What’s with author and illustrator photos?

Saturday, January 17, 2009.

Why are author and illustrator photos so often so far out of date?

Listen to our discussion about author and illustrator photos then share your thoughts by either leaving a comment on our blog or leaving a voice message on our listener hotline, +1.206.350.6487.

Authors mentioned:

Thanks to Bob Staake for making us ageless in his great Just One More Book!! caricature.

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Sometimes Siblinghood Stinks: When I Was King

Friday, December 12, 2008.

When I Was KingAuthor: Linda Ashman (on JOMB)
Illustrator: David McPhail (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Harper Collins (on JOMB)
ISBN: 006029051X

When we feel better about ourselves, we feel better about everything.

Shadowy, Sendakian illustrations and spot-on, multiply paced rhyming text take us for one spin around the familiar first-born cycle of resentment, rage, worry, the relief of being understood, warm fuzziness and back to the joy of siblinghood in this reassuring glimpse inside a shared spotlight.

More sibling dymamics on JOMB:

Pop over to Wild Rose Reader for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

HOTLINE VOICES: Author and teacher Laura Purdie Salas shares one of her favourite books, This is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness (by Joyce Sidman and Pamela Zagarenski).

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

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A celebration of 400 episodes in two years

Saturday, July 12, 2008.

Andrea and Mark at PAB2008We celebrate 400 episodes in two years by reflecting on what we’ve accomplished, what we’ve learned and what we’d like to see in children’s literature. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this episode.

Books, reviews, interviews and resources we mention:

Audio comments and book recommendations received:

Thank you for being part of the Just One More Book!! children’s book podcast community.

Photo of Andrea and Mark at PAB2008 by John Meadows.

Can you guess who made this Love of Reading illustration?

Thursday, May 29, 2008.

Love of Reading - Oliver JeffersWe continue to receive fantastic illustrations for our Love of Reading Gallery, and have even spied a sneak preview of a work in progress by one illustrator. Yesterday, we were surprised when we received the illustration that appears at the right of this post. Can you guess who created it?

Don’t forget to stop in to our Love of Reading Gallery to see the great artwork that’s on display for everyone to enjoy.

Love of Reading - BaylaLove of Reading - Lucy Love of Reading - David SmithLove of Reading - MeganLove of Reading - Emerson

Love of Reading Gallery

Friday, May 23, 2008.

In July 2008, the Just One More Book!! children’s book podcast will celebrate its second anniversary and 400th episode of promoting children’s books and literacy. As part of our celebration, we have opened our online gallery of images that promote a love of reading.

Illustrators of all backgrounds and ages are invited to submit a logo-like illustration that can be resized nicely and featured on our website for everyone to enjoy. We ask that all submissions be emailed to in JPG, PNG or GIF format, 500×500 pixels. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Welcome to our Love of Reading Gallery

Love of Reading - Bob Staake Taking a Book for a Stroll
Bob Staake, author/illustrator/designer
Massachusetts, USA
Received: May 15, 2008
Love of Reading - Lee Edward Fodi He Was a Tiger of a Storyteller
Lee Edward Fodi, author/illustrator
British Columbia, Canada
Received: May 19, 2008
Love of Reading - Deborah Zemke You Are What You Read
Deborah Zemke, author/illustrator
Missouri, USA
Received: May 19, 2008
Love of Reading - Katie Davis Get Into Books!
Katie Davis, author/illustrator
Received: May 20, 2008
Love of Reading - Becky Driscoll Reading with my Friend
Rebecca Gavney Driscoll, illustrator
Wisconsin, USA
Received: May 21, 2008
Love of Reading - Siri Weber Feeney Book Catcher
Siri Weber Feeney, illustrator/designer
California, USA
Received: May 21, 2008
Love of Reading - Bayla Bayla, six years-old
Ontario, Canada
Received: May 23, 2008
Love of Reading - Emerson Emerson, eight years-old
Ontario, Canada
Received: May 23, 2008
Love of Reading - Farrell Farrell, six years-old
Ontario, Canada
Received: May 23, 2008
Love of Reading - Lucy Lucy, eight years-old
Ontario, Canada
Received: May 23, 2008
Love of Reading - Megan Megan, nine years-old
Ontario, Canada
Received: May 23, 2008
David Smith David Smith, illustrator
Clapham, United Kingdom
Received: May 25, 2008
Love of Reading - Oliver Jeffers The Incredible Book Reading Joy
Oliver Jeffers, author/illustrator
New York, USA
Received: May 28, 2008
Love of Reading - Paul Rogers Paul Rogers, illustrator/designer
California, USA
Received: May 29, 2008
Love of Reading - Lucy Autrey Wilson A Book Can Take You Anywhere
Lucy Autrey Wilson, illustrator
Received: May 30, 2008
Love of Reading - Ruth Sanderson Curl Up With a Good Book
Ruth Sanderson, illustrator/artist
Massachusetts, USA
Received: June 2, 2008
Love of Reading - Nic Squirrell Nic Squirrell, illustrator
United Kingdom
Received: June 3, 2008
Love of Reading - Diane deGroat Read Me a Book, Gilbert
Diane deGroat
, author/illustrator
Massachusetts, USA
Received: June 3, 2008
Love of Reading - Denise Simon Little Red Reading Hood
Denise Simon, illustrator
Illinois, USA
Received: June 4, 2008
Love of Reading - Tom Bojarczuk Reading Under a Tree
Tom Bojarczuk, illustrator/designer/artist
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Received: June 5, 2008
Love of Reading - Matthew Dawson Matthew Dawson, illustrator/photographer
United Kingdom
Received: June 5, 2008
Love of Reading - Hélène Boudreau Story Time
Hélène Boudreau, author/artist
Nova Scotia, Canada
Received: June 5, 2008
Love of Reading - Cyd Moore Book Buddies
Cyd Moore, illustrator
Michigan, USA
Received: June 6, 2008
Love of Reading - Andy J. Smith Bookxplosion
Andy J. Smith, illustrator
Massachusetts, USA
Received: June 6, 2008
Love of Reading - Patricia Stormsl All the Hep Cats are Reading
Patricia Storms, illustrator/designer
Ontario, Canada
Received: June 6, 2008
Love of Reading - Kevin Levell Old Favourite
Kevin Levell, illustrator
United Kingdom
Received: June 7, 2008
Love of Reading - Candace Trew Camling Bookworm
Candace Trew Camling, illustrator/designer
Iowa, USA
Received: June 7, 2008
Love of Reading - Linda Sarah Loughran Linda Sarah Loughran, illustrator
London, UK
Received: June 7, 2008
Love of Reading - Dan Santat Dan Santat, illustrator/author
California, USA
Received: June 7, 2008
Love of Reading - Uyen Nguyen Uyen Nguyen, illustrator
Received: June 8, 2008
Love of Reading - Alicia Padron Alicia Padron, illustrator
Caracas, Venezuela
Received: June 8, 2008
Love of Reading - Kathleen Rietz Kathleen Rietz, illustrator/designer
Illinois, USA
Received: June 9, 2008
Love of Reading - Nicole Rubel Nicole Rubel, illustrator/author
Oregon, USA
Received: June 9, 2008
Love of Reading - Aaron Zenz The Big One
Aaron Zenz, illustrator/designer/artist/author
Michigan, USA
Received: June 10, 2008
Love of Reading - Roberta Baird Book Talk
Roberta Baird, illustrator
Texas, USA
Received: June 10, 2008
Love of Reading - Edrian Thomidis Edrian Thomidis, illustrator/artist/designer
Florida, USA
Received: June 11, 2008
Love of Reading - Gracie Love for Reading
Gracie, age 7
Michigan, USA
Received: June 12, 2008
Love of Reading - Lily Books and Friends
Lily, age 5
Michigan, USA
Received: June 12, 2008
Love of Reading - Daniele Rossi Now This One
Daniele Rossi, illustrator/designer
Ontario, Canada
Received: June 12, 2008
Love of Reading - Holly DeWolf Holly DeWolf, illustrator
Nova Scotia, Canada
Received: June 13, 2008
Love of Reading - Isaac Bedtime Snack
Isaac, age 9
Michigan, USA
Received: June 13, 2008
Love of Reading - Nancy Mungcal Nancy Mungoal, illustrator
California, USA
Received: June 13, 2008
Love of Reading - Scot Ritchie Scot Ritchie, illustrator
British Columbia, Canada
Received: June 13, 2008
Love of Reading - Tami Roos Tami Roos, designer/illustrator
South Africa
Received: June 14, 2008
Love of Reading - Eric Barclay
Eric Barclay, illustrator/designer
Texas USA
Received: June 14, 2008
Love of Reading - Emma Emma, age 8
Texas, USA
Received: June 14, 2008
Love of Reading - Kim Bene Kim Bene, artist/designer/illustrator
Missouri, USA
Received: June 15, 2008
Love of Reading - Chris Forrest Chris Forrest, illustrator
Missouri, USA
Received: June 15, 2008
Love of Reading - Diana K. M. Evans Diana K. M. Evans, author/illustrator
Ontario, Canada
Received: June 15, 2008
Love of Reading - Oana Petrugan Oana Petrugan, illustrator
Arad, Romania
Received: June 15, 2008
Love of Reading - Colleen Madden Colleen Madden, illustrator/author
Pennsylvania, USA
Received: June 15, 2008
Love of Reading - Jarrett Krosoczka Jarrett Krosoczka, illustrator/author
Received: June 19, 2008
Love of Reading - Deborah Mori Deborah Mori, illustrator/graphic designer/artist/writer
San Diego, USA
Received: July 2, 2008
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Brothers With Borders: The Puddle Pail

Thursday, April 10, 2008.

The Puddle PailAuthor: Elisa Kleven (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Elisa Kleven
Published: 1997 Tricycle Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1582462062

This wonderfully cluttered and sweetly retro story of a sibling’s soft struggle for individuality is a heartening celebration of creativity, character and acceptance.

More sibling dynamics on JOMB:

Interview with Pamela Edwards

Monday, February 25, 2008.

Photo of Pamela Edwards from amazon.comFor many of the authors we interview, their first book is a distant memory. Not so with Pamela Edwards. In March 2008 she’ll celebrate the first anniversary of the publication of her first book, Oliver Has Something to Say!

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, Mark speaks with author Pamela Edwards about how her own family experiences inspired this story of a little boy with a well meaning family, the publication process and where her desire to write comes from.

Leave us a message about your favourite children’s book on our voice feedback number, 206-350-6487, and we’ll include it in a future episode.

Books and resources mentioned:

Transcript of our interview with Henry Winkler

Wednesday, January 23, 2008.

Photo of Henry Winkler from the American Library AssociationWhat follows is the transcript of our audio interview with Henry Winkler, featured on episode 300 of the Just One More Book!! children’s book podcast.

Henry Winkler: Hi, this is Henry Winkler and I’m one of the co-authors of Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever. And I have just been fortunate enough to be on Just One More Book.

Mark Blevis: According to the website, government statistics show 25 million Americans are functionally illiterate. The primary cause is dyslexia or one of its many variants.

Through their children’s book series, “Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever”, co-authors Lin Oliver and Henry Winkler share the struggles and triumphs of a resourceful elementary school student as he deals with the challenges that come with dyslexia. The stories are based on Henry Winkler’s own experiences with the disorder.

On this edition of Just One More Book, I speak with actor, director, producer and author, Henry Winkler, about becoming an author and his relationship with Hank Zipzer, his struggles with reading and learning, and what we can do to help our children.

This is Episode 300 of Just One More Book.

Mark Blevis: Your career has been rooted in television and stage work as an actor, director and producer. What was it that inspired you to create Hank Zipzer as a character in a children’s book?

Henry Winkler: Well it’s interesting because an agent of mine, when there was a lull in my working at the moment, said to me, I think in 1998, “Why don’t you write books for kids about your dyslexia?” and I said “because I’m stupid and I’m lazy and I’m not living up to my potential” which is what I was told my whole life. I said “no”. And I said, and not only that, but also there really is no discussion, I’ve got nothing to say, I don’t know what to do. And so I’m not doing it. And he then asked me again, same question, in 2003. And this time I said okay. I don’t know why I said okay, I just said okay. And then he introduced me to Lin Oliver. And there we go. We had the greatest time.

Mark Blevis: That’s really interesting because most celebrities that turn to writing books do so on their own. How did you decide to collaborate with Lin? Was it through your agent?

Henry Winkler: Well, the collaboration was through this man. He introduced me to Lin. Lin not only is, you know, a gift from God, I have to say, as a person, as a phenomenal partner. But she is also one of the co-founders of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. And they have 22,000 nation-wide members and, as a matter of fact, internationally.

Mark Blevis: How does it feel to be among that company?

Henry Winkler: Oh it’s great. It’s great because I walk around her office, she sits at her computer and we fight over every single word and we just finished the 14th novel.

Mark Blevis: And that comes out in April, of course.

Henry Winkler: Yes.

Mark Blevis: Mr. Rock figures more prominently in this book as well.

Henry Winkler: Right. Mr. Rock was my actual music teacher in high school. I went to McBurney School for Boys in New York City. And he was the guy who said, “I believe in you.” Everybody else said to me, “You’re never gonna graduate.”

Mark Blevis: What does that do to an individual?

Henry Winkler: Well, that’s one of the things that I talk about when I travel around the country and I speak to groups or I speak to children. The self-image when the kids are young, when they are in the, you know, from zero to eighteen and the self-image is building. First of all, if you are dyslexic or if you have a learning challenge, kids know. They know that it’s hard for them. They know that they’re not up to snuff. They know that they’re not doing as well as 75% of the class. So then to compound it by labeling them, by putting them down, by yelling at them, by grounding them because, you know, they’re not reading fast enough, it warps their ability to grow into a healthy self-image.

Mark Blevis: Well this is one of the things that really fascinates me about your choice of doing a children’s book, because a lot of children with learning disabilities have–they struggle with reading and with keeping their attention through a book. Was there a particular motivation with going that route?

Henry Winkler: Well, I’ll tell you what, I’ll tell you what is amazing. I was, you know, I was just in England and I just did a play there. I came home 2 days ago, as a matter of fact. And I read my books at two different schools. The books are not published in the U.K. But I read my books in two schools. And there was a young boy, African-English, kid who did not read and would not write creatively. And he read Hank and he has devoured now almost the whole series. His teacher got them from Amazon. And he has started to write creatively because he completely identified with Hank. Now if that’s not one of the greatest compliments in the universe, I don’t know what is. I mean, that could literally move me to tears, this kid. And I met him.

Mark Blevis: How does that affect you in your approach to writing and approach to reading these books to kids?

Henry Winkler: It doesn’t. The approach to writing is, we write about this kid, Hank Zipzer and he’s funny first. He makes you laugh. I got a letter from a little boy in Missouri who said “I laughed so hard my funny bone fell out of my body.” So I write what I know. It’s the same way, my same approach to acting. You know, when we were doing The Fonz and The Fonz was very popular, everybody said, “Well do you feel like a responsibility?” And I said, “No, I don’t, I’m just doing what I know how to do. I just do it the way I do it and it connects or it doesn’t” because, you know what, if you try to write for a particular person, or if you try to be somebody you think they want you to be, it’s never going to be compelling.

Mark Blevis: Is that what makes the relationship between you and Lin Oliver work so well is that you get to be — well I’m thinking especially of Book One in Hank Zipzer, when he has the assignment to do and he decides instead to do a presentation with an elaborate diorama, a functioning diorama.

Henry Winkler: I did that! I did that when I was younger, I did.

Mark Blevis: Was that the response that it got from the teacher?

Henry Winkler: Well I had Ms. Adolph. Ms. Adolph was my real teacher. She was the worst teacher in the universe. I mean, you know, so I didn’t know what else to do because reading is still difficult for me. I read spy novels, thrillers, you know, Daniel Silva or Lee Child, who was amazing. But that somehow my brain, you know, just works through them and they just completely entertain me and I love it. I’m so grateful. Every book I read I have on my shelf and it has to be hard cover. And they’re like each one is a triumph for me. And that’s what I tell the kids that I talk to. I tell them, “Listen, I am an actor, I’m a director, I’m a producer, I’m a husband, I’m a dad. We have 3 children, we have 2 dogs. I write children’s novels and I’m in the bottom 3% in America academically. So if I can do it, you can do it.”

Mark Blevis: Did you read to your children when they were young?

Henry Winkler: Oh my wife read to them because reading is so difficult. And I would act out the story as she was reading it so they heard the story and they laughed when I would just act it out. And it was great. And what was so interesting is that I literally could not read to them. My eyes would get tired; I would fall asleep before they did, you know. It was horrible.

Mark Blevis: Was this before your diagnosis?

Henry Winkler: No, this was–my diagnosis came when my stepson, who is now 36, was in the third grade. And everything that they said to him, I went, “Oh my goodness. That sounds like me.” That’s what–that was my diagnosis.

Mark Blevis: What was that moment of discovery like for you?

Henry Winkler: Well the first thing I did was I got really angry. And I thought to myself, “Oh my goodness, all that yelling. All of that being grounded was all for nothing.”

Mark Blevis: What strategies did you create for yourself as a child to overcome your learning challenges?

Henry Winkler: Well mostly dinner. Mostly I had no strategy. I just–humor and food. I enjoyed a great pizza, and that made me feel, you know, good. But most of the time, I didn’t have a strategy. Only now is there even, you know, talks about strategy. When I was growing up, there was no strategy, there was just grounding. My parents grounded me. I never saw the moon during my junior year of high school. They were just convinced if I stayed in my room, if I stayed at my desk, I was going to get it.

Mark Blevis: Your message to parents is, “Give children a sense of self and do not define yourself by the way your child succeeds or doesn’t.”

Henry Winkler: That’s right and also the child should never, ever think that because we learn differently, because we learn slower or it’s harder or we can’t get it at all, like I never beat the system when it came to spelling. I can’t spell to save my life. That doesn’t define your intelligence. How we learn does not define how unbelievably brilliant you are as a human being on this earth.

Mark Blevis: So how do you as a parent and a human, as opposed to a professional, how has that helped you develop these messages and deliver them in a way that people–

Henry Winkler: Well, you know that’s an interesting question because when my kids were younger and I hadn’t figured a lot of this out yet, I said to them exactly, you know, what was said to me. So I was repeating the pattern. And like my–finally my youngest son, Max, he would listen to the radio when he was doing his homework and he would stand at his desk, he couldn’t sit down, you know, or he would lie on his bed. And I would say to him, “But you’ve got to sit at your desk and you’ve gotta have good light and you can’t listen to the radio.” And finally I saw the grades were coming home. And maybe the radio, maybe the music, was being used as a tool, that it was blocking the rest of the world out so he could concentrate on what he was doing. So I finally learned to just shut up. And then he went to USC and he writes scripts now and he directs. And he is fantastic. My daughter is a teacher. My oldest son is just starting a new business. All three of them are dyslexic.

Mark Blevis: I’m going to take a guess here and assume that a lot of people who have learning disabilities like dyslexia are not going to be forthcoming about it. Maybe they’re a little bit shy about it or embarrassed about it.

Henry Winkler: Yeah I see.

Mark Blevis: And Hank Zipzer–

Henry Winkler: It’s embarrassing, I guess, for them, huh?

Mark Blevis: Exactly. Hank Zipzer wears it well. He wears it with confidence. It’s just–it’s part of who he is.

Henry Winkler: Yeah, his glass is completely half full.

Mark Blevis: Is that the Henry Winkler since the diagnosis? Is that where that motivation comes from?

Henry Winkler: Yeah I think so.

Mark Blevis: After you were diagnosed with dyslexia, did you learn any strategies or develop any strategies for dealing with it?

Henry Winkler: I didn’t do anything. I didn’t go looking for anything. What I did was over the years I–you know what, I’m proud of this. I taught myself to speed read. You know, when you–when I listened to the radio there were always the commercials for Helen Wood or Evelyn Wood speed reading course, you know. Learn to read like–President Kennedy could read like seven newspapers in an hour because he was able to speed read. And I taught myself how to do that. And I thought that was amazing.

Mark Blevis: How has Stacey, your wife, being a child welfare advocate, influenced you as an author and spokesperson for dyslexia?

Henry Winkler: Oh, I don’t have an answer to that question. I mean I’m proud of her, we did it together. I’ve worked with kids when I was in high school. You know, I was a counselor in an after school center. So I’ve been doing–I’ve been working with children my whole life. And we went together to a facility here one Christmas party when I first met her in 1978. And she said we can’t do this once a year and she exploded into a child advocate. I mean, she and a friend helped create the Department of Children’s Services in L.A. It did not exist before Stacey Winkler.

Mark Blevis: Do you think that there’s enough resources available for children now to help them?

Henry Winkler: No, listen–you know, the children don’t vote. So we talk a lot about kids, but we don’t do a lot about kids. When a child becomes really, really important when they are of voting age. That’s the long and the short of it. Because we talk about how, you know, the child is like the future and all that. And it all sounds great. And then we cut the lunch program or the breakfast program which is sometimes the only meal a child has during the day. And trust me; you cannot learn when you’re only thinking about mashed potatoes and meatloaf.

Mark Blevis: Book 14 comes out in April. “Hank Zipzer: Enter at Your Own Risk.”

Henry Winkler: Now that is a super-sized book.

Mark Blevis: Super-sized?

Henry Winkler: Yeah, I didn’t even know there was such a thing. It is double the size. And what I love about it is that it is a scrapbook also. And it literally is his life. You know, Lin and I wrote his first lists, you know, when he was in kindergarten, his first play, his first poem. And then we also added my report cards, my personal report cards, pictures of our dogs, so that the reader could also see Hank Zipzer’s good friends who write him.

Mark Blevis: He has really good friends.

Henry Winkler: He does. I love his friends. They take such good care of him – Frankie, who’s African-American and Ashley, an American-Asian.

Mark Blevis: And they understand him.

Henry Winkler: They understand him, they don’t judge him. They try to take care of him; they try to talk him out of his misadventures. Then when he gets deep in his adventures, they figure out how to get him out of them. He’s got great friends.

Mark Blevis: Are those the friends that you had growing up?

Henry Winkler: No. Those are the friends that I wish I had.

Mark Blevis: Installment 14, episode 14, is that just the beginning of Hank Zipzer or is there an end in sight? What can we expect?

Henry Winkler: Well, we have–you know, when I first met Lin and we went to lunch and we came up with Hank. And then Eston Newburg, who is my agent at ICM, sold, you know, sent it to all these children’s publishers. And a lot of people said no. People didn’t, you know, they don’t take celebrity authors seriously. They think that, you know, that they’re not going to follow through, you know, that they’re just doing it as a lark. And Debra Dorfman at Penguin Putnam … said to me “yes” and gave us a contract for 4. And now we have a contract for 16.

Mark Blevis: An additional 16, or 16 being–

Henry Winkler
: No, 16 in total. But they have already asked us to go further. I think that we have actually sold over 2 million books, which I think, in terms of children’s books, is amazing.

Mark Blevis: Do you and Lin think that she’ll continue the series?

Henry Winkler: Yeah. We have fun doing it, you know. And as long as we come up with stories, sure.

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