A few years ago, I had the honour to interview Robert Munsch (yes, Robert Munsch of “The Paper Bag Princess” and “Love You Forever” and “Stephanie’s Ponytail” and “I Have To Go” and bunches of books more). I decided to write a transcript of my favourite Robert Munsch quotes to share with you (and all kidlit author hopefulls)…
I conducted my Robert Munsch Interview at the Ontario Science Centre for a children’s literacy event. I have had the opportunity to meet a few well known people in my time writing for Parent Club (Pink for example) but Mr. Munsch was an experience apart. He is a legend in the Canadian kid lit author world.
What I didn’t know at the interview, is that Mr. Munsch suffered a stroke in 2008. He spoke quietly and what I assumed was thoughtful deliberation upon answering my questions may have been a stroke survivor searching for his words. His words were thoughtful. He was friendly, forthcoming, and welcoming (I saw him pose for pictures with several children – big smiles on all faces – even his). I even found the courage to ask for a picture with him myself!
Robert Munsch and I sat down at a table and did a very quick author Q & A. I wasn’t an author myself at the time (now I am) and I was intrigued to learn from this notable Canadian children’s literature author…
Why is it important for you to be party of children’s literacy?
Well, I understand what it’s about. I mean, Save the Whales, well…I don’t know anything about whales. This I know something about.
What are your tips for boys and girls who want to write their own stories?
They should tell the story to each other four times. Then start writing. Do that and a lot of the editing will take place during the telling which is a lot easier than on paper for kids.
Tell us about Elizabeth in The Paper Bag Princess…
It’s a story about liberating oneself and the stereotypical happy ending. Other stories are about the “whole family being happy” well, in my stories that hardly ever happens. In fact, that it almost never happens period.
More Robert Munsch
I encourage you to read more about Robert Munsch on his about page (it’s full of great stories about how he became an author and how he comes up with book ideas).