The kids were curious about so many things about Josh and his writing, but we narrowed it down to just a few.
1) He didn't really like to write stories as a child, but he did write poems. They were about his favorite sports teams and players. He didn't really write stories until his kids were born and he began reading to them. He read them books like Iggy Peck Architect and The Curious Garden and discovered books for kids were about so many more things than they were when he was a child. He does still write poems and likes to write funny ones and ones that will gross his wife and kids out, like the one he wrote about a cat pooping all over the house. One of his favorite poetry books right now is Out of Wonder by Kwame Alexander.
2) The best ideas come to him when he is 1/2 asleep and 1/2 dreaming so he keeps a notepad and pencil by his bed to write the ideas that pop into his head down. He says when we are kids we have the best ideas so we should write them all down now so that when we become old we'll be able to look back at all of our fabulous ideas and use them for our stories.
3) The idea for Mission Defrostable came after seeing the fold down pages in the first Last Pancake book. He saw a character popping their head out of the freezer and wanted to know more about their world in the freezer.
4) Josh played the piano when he was younger and liked books like Sylvester and the Magic Penny, Caps for Sale, Courdery and Cam Jansen. He absolutely loved Charlotte's Web when it was read aloud to him and begged his family to get a copy so he could know what was happening with Wilbur and Templeton.
5) He plays the guitar now and likes to play with his daughter who is learning how to play. His also likes to play ultimate frisbee, bedroom basketball and video games with his kids.
As we were saying goodbye to Josh and thanking him for spending time with us, he reminded us to thank our teachers. They are the ones who do all the hard work and we should end each day by giving them a standing ovation. You're right Josh! Teachers are amazing people.