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Robin Pulver Author Visit January 31, 2007


Robin Pulver, an award-winning author of over a dozen books, visited our school on January 31st. Many may recognize her hilarious Axle Annie stories, or her warm-lighthearted books about Mrs. Toggle and her class. Some may have read her zany and playful introduction to grammar stories, Punctuation Takes a Vacation and Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day . There's something for every reader's interested. For more information on the author and her books, visit her website at


Robin Pulver presented three times, reaching all grade levels. She also autographed books, attended an early morning teacher reception, and was the guest at an ice cream party for several students that were winners of a trivia contest based on her books. Before she arrived, fourth and fifth-grade students had an opportunity to write questions for the author to answer. The following are her responses to some of those questions, which she gave during an interview with Mr. Vonderheide, the elementary librarian.

Laura Bailey: How many schools do you go to in a year? About twenty. Jared Costello: What kind of car do you drive? A Toyota Highlander Hybrid. James Dixon: How many and what kinds of pets do you have? Currently, we have one pet, Sadie, our labradoodle dog. We’ve had lots of pets over the years, dogs, cats, fish, turtles, guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters. Payton Low: Are you an awesome friend? Yes. Tyler Stuck: What is your favorite food? I like homegrown blackberries and dark chocolate. Brendan Bulter: What’s your favorite color and does it show up in any of your stories? Green, the dinosaur in Mrs. Toggle and the Dinosaur is green. Ashley Golish: Who is your favorite (children’s) author? Rosemary Wells, author of the Max and Ruby books. Mercedes Wilson: Are you planning to make a video of one of your books? I don’t have plans, but my husband is urging me to do one. James McNeill: Do you have any kids? Yes, I have two, David and Nina. They’re adults now, living on their own.

Andrea Dressig: Do your kids help you write your books? When they were younger they gave me ideas for my stories, and sometimes, suggestions. Colten Beardsley: How did you get the idea for the book Way to Go, Alex? Like Alex in the story, my son takes part in Special Olympics. Maegan Dixon: Why did you decide to make the little sister the narrator in the story Way to Go, Alex? Because the story was inspired from my own children, I had the story told from the sister’s point of view. Daniel Recio: Did you want to be an author your whole life? No, growing up I didn’t know ordinary people could become authors. Lindsey Buchholz: When did you decide you wanted to be an author? I was happy writing articles for children’s magazines. When I realized my story Mrs. Toggle’s Zipper would make a good picture book, I submitted it to be published. Since then I’ve been an “author.” Abby Grantier: How long does it take to write a book? At least one year, sometimes longer. Destinee Power: How long did it take to write Punctuation Takes a Vacation? It took me three years

Seth Carl: Do you use a computer to write your stories? I use a computer and paper and pencil. I go back and forth. Scott Miles: Do you ever get frustrated while writing books? All the time, that’s why I revise so much. Phillip Jones: Do you do anything special to inspire you while writing? Reading and walking helps. Sabrina Manherz: What do you like most about being an author? Finally figuring out how the plot fits together. Kiana Kalkbrenner: Did you ever write a chapter book? I have written a couple of them, but they haven’t been published. Bryce Hamlin: How many stories did you write that have not been published? Probably fifty. Kayla Sheridan: Is there anything you would like to go back and change that you wrote in your books? There are word changes, but nothing significant. In the book Christmas for a Kitten, there’s this word “jouncy” in the text that rubs me the wrong way every time I hear it. Diana Kuzara: In the end of Christmas for a Kitten, did the kitten get to live at the North Pole or did Santa give him a new home? He lived with Santa and the elves, that was his new home.

Venessa Manka: Where did you get all of your characters names? I put a lot of thought into every name. There is a reason for each one. Coy Hoffman: How easy was it to get your first book published? My first book Mrs. Toggle’s Zipper was rejected by two publishers before it was accepted. Logan Milligan: How many publishers publish your stories? Five. Shannon Day: After you finish writing a story, how long does it take to get the book published? It usually takes three to four years, but sometimes much longer. Katelyn Cavagna: What is the most fun part about making a book? It’s fun to have artists illustrate my stories. Noah Stevens: How much money do you make with one book? It’s only 5% of list price on a hardcover (that’s less than a dollar per book) and 2½% on a paperback (about 15 cents). Morgan McNeill: How many illustrators have illustrated your books? Besides Tedd Arnold, there have been seven others, so far. Vincent Erway: Will you write another “Axle Annie” story? I would like to, but Ted Arnold, the illustrator of the stories, is so busy we might not be able to do it. Sara Mckee: Where did Tedd Arnold get the idea of how Axle Annie looks? One time Tedd showed me a photograph of his uncle who was a pilot in World War II. Axle Annie reminds me of that picture. Roman Cavagna: Can you make a picture of Axle Annie, even though you are not the illustrator? I’ve made drawings, copies of Tedd’s illustrations, but I don’t have the imagination or talent to create my own. Gage Matott: Have you ever tried to draw illustrations for one of your stories? No. I’m not an artist. I would like my daughter to try it someday, she’s an artist. Cheyene Johnston: In Axle Annie and the Speed Grump, was there a real grump that was bothering you? No, he’s based on all the reckless drivers I’ve seen.






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