5 Questions Monday with Brendan Wenzel

5 Questions Monday

How do you like your eggs in the morning?

I like to switch it up every few weeks. I have eggs almost every morning, and it’s good to keep things interesting. If I had to choose -Poached.

What’s your favourite joke?

My cousin told me this when we were five-

Two tomatoes are sitting on a fence. One tomato looks over to the other and says, “Hey. I’m gonna push you off this fence.” The second tomato looks back and says “no, you’re not”.

Then you just start doing something else, and wait until your audience realizes that the jokes over. No one ever thinks it’s funny but me. I think it’s really funny.

What film character are you most like?


(Psssst, if you didn’t know:  is a Kaijū monster that first appeared in Toho’s 1961 film Mothra. Mothra has appeared in several Toho tokusatsu films, most often as a recurring character in the Godzilla franchise. She is typically portrayed as a colossal sentient caterpillar or moth, accompanied by two miniature humanoids speaking on her behalf. Unlike other Toho monsters, Mothra is a largely heroic character, having been variously portrayed as a protector of her own island culture, the earth and Japan.)

What is the first book you ever read?

The first one I remember is Sendak’s In the Night Kitchen. It’s still one of my favourites.

Would you rather be a cat for a day or a dog for a day?

Given the amount if thought I’v devoted to cats over the past two years, it would feel borderline irresponsible to say a dog. Honestly, either would be great, but if I had to choose, a cat.

They All Saw a Cat

Brendan’s new book; They All Saw a Cat, is on sale tomorrow! Pick-up a copy at any good bookstore and discover a world of curiosity and imagination.


Five Questions Monday – Mac Barnett

Mac Barnett
Author number two of the Terrible Two and self-proclaimed member of The Terrible Two, Mac Barnett, took our grueling 5 Questions Monday Quiz. 
How do you like your eggs in the morning?

Poached on toast with tomatoes and garlic.

What’s your favourite joke?*

Q: What’s Beethoven’s favorite fruit?

A: Ba-na-na-na

Except you have to say “ba-na-na-na” like the opening of the Fifth Symphony. This joke doesn’t really work in writing. Do I have time to choose a new joke?

*N.B – We promise The Terrible Two is filled with better jokes…

What film character are you most like?

The T-Rex in Jurassic Park.

What is the first book you ever read?

As in, read myself? I don’t know. Maybe But No Elephants by Jerry Smath.

Would you rather always win pie-eating contests or always win wheelbarrow races?

Depends on whether I’m driving the wheelbarrow or I have to be the wheelbarrow.

The Terrible Two

Miles Murphy is not happy to be moving to Yawnee Valley, a sleepy town that’s famous for one thing and one thing only: cows. In his old school, everyone knew him as the town’s best prankster, but Miles quickly discovers that Yawnee Valley already has a prankster, and a great one. If Miles is going to take the title from this mystery kid, he is going to have to raise his game.It’s prankster against prankster in an epic war of trickery, until the two finally decide to join forces and pull off the biggest prank ever seen: a prank so huge that it would make the members of the International Order of Disorder proud.

‘Ingenious and hilarious! I couldn’t stop reading it! One of my favourite books of all time.‘ Victor age 11; Ottie & the Bea Bookclub

The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett & Jory John – OUT NOW!

Five Questions Monday

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With the countdown to Ensnared leaving us impatient for all things Splintered we asked the amazing A.G Howard to take our Five Questions Monday Quiz…

1.How do you like your eggs in the morning?

I’m not picky, as long as the egg doesn’t sit on a brick wall where he can easily fall off. I don’t have any king’s men or horses around to help me put him together again.

2.What’s your favourite joke?

Q: What did one eye say to the other eye?

A: Don’t look now, but something between us smells.

3.What film character are you most like?

Well, a really awesome blogger that I know once did a post on authors who were secretly animated characters. I was Astrid from How to Train Your Dragon, so let’s go with that.

4.What is the first book you ever read?

The first book I ever read by myself as a child was Dr. Suess’s The Cat in the Hat.

5.Would you rather live in Wonderland or in the Human Realm?


I’m a Gemini, and although I’m not a close follower of astrology, since I unofficially have a twin side, I will choose the human realm, and she can choose Wonderland. ;)

Ensnared is out in January, pre-order your copy now!

Five Questions Monday

Jeff Vandermeer, author of The Steampunk User’s Manual, Wonderbook and The Steampunk Bible, answered our grueling Five Questions Monday quiz!

1.      How do you like your eggs in the morning?

Four in number. Scrambled. Yes, I am basically a komodo dragon.

2.      What’s your favourite joke?

What’s brown and sticky?

3.      What film character are you most like?

Marty Feldman in Young Frankenstein…or maybe not.

4.      What is the first book you ever read?

The one I remember is a picture book of William Blake’s Tyger Burning Bright read to me by my parents.

5.       Would you rather be the villain or the hero?  

I would rather be the person tapping his toe impatiently waiting for those two jerks to finish showing off.

Thank you Jeff for taking our little quiz, we didn’t know komodo dragons were fans of scrambled eggs, I guess you learn something new everyday!

Five Questions Monday

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Star of today’s Five Question Monday is Andrea Beaty, the wonderful author behind Rosie Revere, Engineer; Iggy Peck architect and the brand new Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau!

1.  How do you like your eggs in the morning?

At a diner booth watching the drizzly world go by as I sip hot coffee and riddle over a storyline.

2. What’s your favourite joke?  

The Reverse Knock Knock Joke. You start …

3. What film character are you most like?

The Cowardly Lion. If I only had the noive.

4. What is the first book you ever read?

Dick and Jane. I am old.

5. Would you rather have to greet everyone with a high five or a fist bump for the rest of your life? (imagine fist bumping in an interview!?)  

I would prefer to greet everyone with interpretive dance.

Thank you Andrea, we would LOVE to great everyone with interpretive dance!

5 Question Monday

Illustrator of Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau, Liverpudlian, milliner and all-round lovely chap, David Roberts answers out London Fashion Week 5 Question Monday!

1.       How do you like your eggs in the morning?


2.       What’s your favourite joke?

Oh it’s to rude to repeat.

3.       What film character are you most like?

Ratty from The Wind in the Willows, I am never happier than when I am in a rowing boat.

4.       What is the first book you ever read?

A Hole is to Dig by Ruth Krauss and Maurice Sendak, I bought it when I was 8 or 9 and it is still my favourite book ever ever ever, it contains the words Boodlyboodlyboodly and Doodleedoodleedoodleedoo! Need I say more.

5.       Would you rather make a hat for The Queen or Paddington Bear?

Is this a trick question? I think Paddington Bear would get sticky marmalade all over it, which would be horrendous to clean, so I will go for the Queen, I would love to see her in one of Madame Chapeau’s creations! Or Paddington bear’s hat!

BOODLYBOODLYBOODLY David! We think the Queen in Paddington Bear’s hat would be second only to the Queen in a Madame Chapeau creation!


Photograph of David by Lynn

Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau, 9781419712197, Abrams Books for Young Readers, £10.99, September 14