Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Explorers Meet Micheal Hall (Via Skype That Is!)

The Explorers had been waiting for weeks to meet author/illustrator Michael Hall. They love his books, the bright colors, the shapes and had even created their own pictures inspired by his book, My Heart is Like A Zoo (more to come on that!)
Since we had so much fun creating our own heart animals, we wanted to know what his favorite heart animal that he had made was. He told us that it was a crocodile but it didn't make it into the book. He also made a skunk and giraffe which didn't make it into the book either. He shared that he wrote the book Perfect Square for his daughter. He hadn't started off writing a book for her, it just turned out that way.
The kids were dying to know what books he read to his kids when they were younger. His answer is below.
He also shared that he wrote a song when he was in kindergarten. It was about a cowboy.
Since he only had 2 lines of the song, we decided to help him write some more. The kids thought he should add, "I ride a horse, Yee-Haw!" to the song. He wrote our suggestions down to add to it. It is sure to become a hit now!
The kids were super curious to see what his next book would be so we had to ask for a sneak peek. It is called Little i and will be out in September. We got to see one of the first covers of the book. The final cover is top secret! Here is a page from Little i.
Lastly, we had to ask, "In Hawaii, we love to eat shave ice. If you could eat shave ice with any author, who would it be?" The answer? Ezra Jack Keats. He loves The Snowy Day because the snow is made of so many beautiful colors.
Thank you so much for meeting with us Michael. We loved getting to know you, ask questions of you and meet your French Bulldog, Wilson.

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