In honor of the release of Monster Needs to Go to School, the sixth book in the Monster&Me series published by Mighty Media Press, I wanted to do something special for this post. I didn’t want to do the typical interview by a blogger, not that I don’t appreciate them because I do! It’s more to do with the fact that I’ve done that already and I wanted to change it up. So instead I decided to be interviewed by the person who inspired the entire series, my daughter Abigail. If my daughter had never said, “My monster needs a haircut”, I would have never gotten the idea to write about the different adventures Monster and Boy have while growing up together.
Now that my daughter is old enough, she wanted to put me in the hot seat and ask me questions about the book. A budding journalist perhaps? At least for the moment. Yesterday it was a Chef.
Anyway, without further ado I give you the journalistic writings of,
The Abigail Park Press
(she named it)
Thank you for having me Mr. Czajak.
Come on, It’s Dad.
Dad stop it! I’m trying to be professional!
Oh sorry, let’s start again. You’re doing great!
Anyway, how come you wanted to be an author?
That is an awesome question! Simple, when you were about three you started to give me a ton of story ideas from the things you said and the things you did. Eventually Mommy, excuse me, my wife, became tired of hearing about the stories and told me to write them down.
What did I do to make you want to write stories?
Well, at one point you went through a phase where I was not allowed to do anything. If you wanted food, Mommy had to feed you. If you needed to get dressed, Mommy had to dress you. When it was time for bed, Mommy had to put you to bed. Everything was Mommy, Mommy, Mommy. Of course that wasn’t going to happen so we started saying Daddies can do it too, and forced the issue. Eventually, and I mean a long time eventually, you started saying Daddies can do it too, as well. And that’s when I realized I was looking at a story in the making.
How come Monster didn’t want to go to School at first?
Like most kids I think the first day of school can be a bit scary, even for a Monster. Just because Monster is big doesn’t mean he can’t be nervous. Let’s be honest Monster isn’t like the other kids so he has no idea if the other children would want to be friends with him. Plus, everything is new to Monster, so school can be confusing, and people and Monsters are fearful of things they don’t understand.
Is Adieu the only French word Monster knows?
That isn’t funny.
Je suis désolé.
There is a teacher’s name written on the black board. Who is Ms. Tamero?
Ms. Tamero was my third grade teacher in Center School in Sherborn, MA before it was merged with Pine Hill Elementary. My family had just moved to Massachusetts from Iowa and it was the middle of third grade. I knew no one, so you might say I was I little nervous. Ms. Tamero was so cool that third grade became my favorite grade and she became my favorite teacher of all time. So when Wendy Grieb, the illustrator, asked if I had a name for the teacher, I only had one.
Ms. Tamero if you are reading this, thank you for everything!
How come Monster said something to the bullies even though they were his friends?
Just because someone is a friend doesn’t mean they can’t bully someone. When Monster saw this he didn’t care that he may lose his new friends, he just knew it needed to stop.
How old is Monster?
Monster is around 8 to 9 years old. He never went to school so he is a little behind on the whole learning thing. But he is doing his best and loves going to school!
Those are all the questions I have. Thanks for answering them! Can I go catch Poke’mon now?
Uhgg. . . yes.
Congrats on the new book. I’m going to buy it for our school library right now. You skyped with our 2nd graders last year, and we LOVED asking you questions. Thanks for another great story, and for going beyond your books in real life and Skype to touch your readers. 🙂
I always get a chuckle from Paul Czajak’s writing and this interview was no exception. And I’m so excited for Ms. Tamero to discover how she touched you. Thanks for honoring teachers and for more Monster & Me stories.
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Great interview Abigail !
Wonderful post. Thank you. I so enjoyed reading it, and I got a ton of ideas from it.
I so enjoyed reading this! Congrats on Monster #6!
Congratulations, Paul! and Congratulations to Abigail for her first Abigail Park Press Interview – so very smart! I hope Ms. Tamero learns of the shout out to her in your book! That’s
You rock, Paul. You rock. And your daughter rocks even more! (You can tell her I said that!)
Fun read! I hope your teacher finds her name in one of your books. That would be quite the honor for a teacher. Great interview Abigail! Hope you caught some good Pokemon!
Great post. And, congratulations on #6!