Author Chat with Carolyn Crimi (Weird Little Robots), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Carolyn Crimi, author of
Weird Little Robots.
Read on for more about Carolyn and her book, plus an giveaway!
Meet Carolyn Crimi!
Carolyn Crimi enjoys snacking, pugs, Halloween, and writing, although not necessarily in that order. Over the years she has published 15 funny books for children, including Don’t Need Friends, Henry and the Buccaneer Bunnies, Where’s My Mummy?, There Might Be Lobsters, and I Am The Boss of This Chair. Weird Little Robots is her first novel.
Meet Weird Little Robots!
Nine-year-old Penny Rose has just moved to a new town, and so far the robots she builds herself are her only company. But with just a bit of magic, everything changes: she becomes best friends with Lark, has the chance to join a secret science club, and discovers that her robots are alive. Penny Rose hardly remembers how lonely she used to feel. But then a fateful misstep forces her to choose between the best friend she’s always hoped for and the club she’s always dreamed of, and in the end it may be her beloved little robots that pay the price. Quirky and wonderful, this illustrated chapter book from Carolyn Crimi and Corinna Luyken shows that making your own space and a true friend in the world is a kind of magic all its own.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
One day a friend posted a picture of a miniature, handmade robot on her Facebook page. It reminded me of these small toy robots I had when I was little called The Zeroids. They looked so amazing in the commercials. I’d fantasize about them following me around like puppies. Alas, they broke pretty soon after I got them, but just looking at the picture made me remember how much I wanted them to be alive.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
The robots were the most fun to write, especially IPam, who is made out of an old iPhone. She’s a bit confused and gets her texting acronyms, like LOL, FYI, and BTW, all mixed up.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The title didn’t come for quite a while. I was talking to my writer’s group about the book, and said something about how I was enjoying writing about my “weird little robots.” That’s when my pal Jenny Meyerhoff said, “There’s your title.”
My writing group is pretty darn amazing.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
I’ve learned that I’m capable of doing a lot more than I think I can. I just need to push myself a little and get out of my comfort zone.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love so many things about the cover! Candlewick presented a few illustrators to me. They were all wonderful, but Corinna was my first choice. Her quirky, sketchy style fit the book perfectly. I love the girls’ expressions--they look like they’re sharing a secret. And the robots! Oh. So. Adorable.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2019?
Aside from my very first novel, which I have been looking forward to my whole life, I’m always anxious to read any and all new Kate DiCamillo books.
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2018?
I absolutely adored The Mortification of Fovea Munson by Mary Winn Heider. What a wacky ride! Disgustingly funny and seriously weird, so basically everything I love in one book.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Oh, I’m definitely a drafting person. I love love love first drafts! They are so much fun for me. I am learning to love revision, but I find it a lot harder.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
I can make any baby laugh and will go to great lengths to do so.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
I’m a sucker for any organization that rescues dogs.
Weird Little Robots
By: Carolyn Crimi
Release Date: October 1st, 2019
Publisher: Candlewick Press
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What a great story! I love the girls looking all "scientific" on the cover. Thanks for writing! On my list for my granddaughter.