1. My family and I absolutely loved reading 'Big Words For Little Geniuses' and the amazing words it contained. I have to ask – what is your favourite word? Mine is soliloquy.
I'm so glad your family enjoyed reading 'Big Words'. I've got a lot of favorites-- but I'd have to go with catawampus. It's whimsical and we have a cat, so I snapped a few pics of him chasing his catnip across the page. Total catawampus!
2. The English student in me loves the concept of the book. Teaching young children words such as juxtaposition, magnanimous and onomatopoeia in such a fun way is fantastic. What inspired you to write it?
I've been dreaming of writing a children's book since I received my MFA at the University of Wisconsin. My route was circuitous, having spent a couple of decades as an art director/SVP for J. Walter Thompson, New York. But I finally got my book published.
Another piece of inspiration came from our son, Jack. Jack was a reluctant reader and so we were always looking for books he might like. At first he said, "do I have to?" and James would say, "Yes, unless you want to live in the garage! We read in our house." Jack ended up becoming a terrific reader subsequently scored a perfect 800 on his SAT's. Now, he's at an Ivy League University. Jack was an inspiration for James to start writing young adult and middle grade books. He's passionate about it. The next logical step was to get the littler set reading, too.
'Big Words' fits right into James and my love of literacy. Hopefully, 'Big Words' will be as much fun for the parents and older siblings to read, as it is for the younger kids. Maybe there's a word or two they didn't know-- or didn't know how to pronounce. And, of course, everyone's child is a genius! Let them become little bibliomaniacs!