With Children’s Author, Baptiste Paul
The ABC song is one of the first fun songs we teach our children to sing. Why? Because the alphabet is the backbone for learning to read and write. For some people, reading and writing is not fun at all.
My series, ABC’S OFF THE TOP OF YOUR HEAD offers a new way to have fun with the alphabet. Every week, a children’s author, illustrator, literary agent or editor will share their ‘top of the head’ answers to the ABC category list they were given, A to Z. Following their answers, I ask a few questions to gain a little insight into their world.
Today we have debut picture book author, Baptiste Paul! His first book, THE FIELD, debuted in March of this year.
Below are Baptiste’s answers off the top of his head.
Feel free to play along, maybe your answer off the top of your head will match his. Enjoy!
ALL CHILDREN: Play
BALL GAME: Futbol
COLORFUL BIRD: Amazona Versicolor
DOG BREED: Mutt
GLOWS (SOMETHING THAT): Algae
ICE CREAM FLAVOR: Rum Raisin
JAZZ INSTRUMENT: Steelpan
KNOW HOW TO: Love
M&M COLOR: Yellow
NOCTURNAL ANIMAL: Manicou (St. Lucian Opossum)
OLYMPIC SPORT: Swimming
QUEEN NAME: Elizabeth
RADIO STATION: NPR
SYNONYM FOR AWESOME: Impressive
TYPE OF TRUCK: Big Truck (a shoutout to a friend)
UNUSUAL FOOD: Snails
VILLAIN: Dr. Claw
WINDOW VIEW: Loneliness
‘eXCITING PLACE TO VISIT: Coral Reefs
YOUTH IS…: Hip
ME: Growing up in St. Lucia offers a large variety of different animals, birds and landscape than where you live now with your family. Your children are fortunate to be able to see these animals in the wild with you. Such as the Amazona Versicolor, a vibrant bird indeed; the Pitons, and the unique coral reefs. Please tell us more about them.
BP: There is so much to tell. You need to checkout it out for yourself. I will leave it at that.
ME: Fair enough. A field trip to the library is in order. 😊
What window are you looking out that you see loneliness?
BP: The window I looked through many years ago and vividly see keeps reminding me of how lonely it can be for an immigrant in this country. I was that lonely immigrant who had to spend Christmas all alone.
ME: I’m glad you have family now in the United States so you no longer have to spend Christmas alone. You gave us a good reminder about kindness to people; unless we’ve been an immigrant ourselves, we have no idea what they are going through or what they have been through.
Let’s carry out your shout-out to your Big Truck friend. What would you like to say?
BP: Keep on Trucking! Thanks for being awesome. You deserve cake.
ME: If National Public Radio asked you to write a whimsical segment for them, what would you write about?
BP: I would write about cats. I’m not an expert in that field but having four cats right now somehow puts me a few notches below expert status. Each cat has its own unique set of qualities, behaviors and weird things they do like, bring you sock presents every day or pooping in the litter box while you are cleaning it out.
ME: laughing out loud. Cats are definitely unique individuals. I believe we all would enjoy listening to your segment on cats on NPR.
Algae glows? Is this good or bad?
BP: Yeah, didn’t you see this clip from Moana? I think six syllable words in kids movies are awesome. https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/1c238e1b-0ccb-401f-a7c9-694a19d51bc2
ME: My daughters love that movie. My hubby and I have not seen it yet, so I will put it on our #mustwatch list.
What is the most unusual experience you and your family have had while hiking?
BP: I would say my son freaking out about a squirrel who he thought carried rabies. We were on a narrow edge with a cliff on one side when he decided to run away from the squirrel. What a scare but he was fine.
ME: Your second book, ADVENTURES TO SCHOOL, that you co-wrote with your beautiful wife, Miranda Paul, came out in May. What new projects are in the works for you that you can share with us?
BP: Currently, I’m working on a book called The Mountain and it’s about a father and daughter journey hiking a mountain such as the Pitons. Our next Co-authored book, I AM Farmer will be released on February 6th. It’s about an Environmentalist name Farmer Tantoh from Cameroon who has saved thousands of lives by providing safe clean drinking water. We will be on tour from March 15 through May 15 2019. For more information about the tour, email Judy Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ME: Thank you for the heads up on the tour and upcoming books, which sound inspiring. We will have to put them on our reading lists for when they are released.
Thank you, Baptiste, for playing the ABC Game with us today! You’ve given us much to ponder.
Readers, you can learn more about Baptiste’s books and follow him on:
Have a fantastic weekend everyone!