In this young and funny picture book companion to Penny & Jelly: The School Show, Penny is invited to go to a slumber-under-the-stars sleepover—but with no pets allowed, how can Penny enjoy the night? Readers of Pinkalicious and Ladybug Girl will swoon over best friends Penny & Jelly.
Maria graciously agreed to answer a few questions for Bildebok readers about what inspires her work and what tickles her funny bone. Read on for her terrific answers!
- Where are you most likely to be inspired for a book idea?
Nature, especially if it’s a work of nonfiction. I often get ideas while walking my dog, Becca. The other perfect place for ideas is in the shower.
- If you could be any character in a children’s book, who would you be?
That’s a tough one, but I’ll go with the first one that popped in my head. One of my favorite picture books as a kid was Miss Twiggley’s Tree by Dorothea Warren Fox. I still have my childhood copy. Miss Twiggley lived in a treehouse, with her dog, Puss, and two bears. She’s quirky and a bit of a recluse. It was my introvert dream come true.
If Maria’s answer intrigues you as it did me, you can find out more about this title in a fun review from Vintage Kids’ Books My Kid Loves by blogger Burgin Streetman. Here’s a little excerpt of the text:
Funny Miss Twiggley
Lived in a tree
With a dog named Puss
And a color TV.
She did what she liked, and she liked what she did,
But when company came
Miss Twiggley hid.
- Do you have any favorite jokes about stars or dogs?
I have two!
Q: Did you hear about the dyslexic, agnostic insomniac?
A: He stayed up all night wondering if there was a dog.
Q: Why didn’t the dog star laugh at the joke?
A: It was too Sirius. (Ha-ha!)
I have to admit I am a little rusty on my astronomy, so here’s a fun link to Rita’s Dog Blog for those who want to brush up on Sirius and canine constellation maps.
Thank you Maria for visiting and getting us excited about the next chapter in the Penny & Jelly series!
Maria Gianferrari hasn’t slumbered under the stars recently, but she has two favorite stars: the dog star, Sirius, like Penny and Jelly, and Betelgeuse – because it’s so fun to say! Maria stargazes from her backyard in Virginia with her husband, Niko, an amateur astrophotographer, her artist-daughter, Anya, and the dog star of her household, Becca. Visit her website, mariagianferrari.com and follow Penny & Jelly at pennyandjelly.com.
Also available: my interview with Maria from her debut launch in July, 2015.
Follow the P&J blog tour:
June 9th Pragmatic Mom
June 10th Mamabelly’s Lunches with Love
June 13th Little Crooked Cottage + Homemade City
June 14th Kid Lit Frenzy
June 15th Miss Marple’s Musings
June 16th Bildebok
June 17th Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)
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