Author Highlight featuring Steve Metzger
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SM: When I was 14 years old, my friend and I in Junior High School came up with a silly comic strip idea and we called it the Duh Brothers. For many years, I’ve always wanted to do something with those clueless twins, Walter and Christopher Duh. Well, the characters have gotten younger, and the names have changed, but Walter and Christopher Bumble are as clueless as ever.
KBN: What drew you to writing a graphic novel?
SM: Graphic novels are an increasingly popular genre of
children’s books. They seem to fit the kind of humorous storytelling that works
for the misadventures of the Bumble Brothers.
KBN: Tell us about your illustrations and working with Brian Schatell.
SM: The illustrator, Brian Schatell, is super-talented. We
share the same sense of humor, so he was extremely easy to work with. I love
his wild and vibrant illustrations! He has totally captured the look and the
wackiness of the Bumble Brothers.
KBN: The Bumble Brothers were chosen for the Junior Library Guild as a Gold Standard Selection. How did that come about?
SM: I have to credit my excellent publisher, Reycraft,
with submitting this book to the Junior Library Guild.
KBN: What will kids love most about your book(s)?
SM: I think kids will mostly enjoy the wacky humor of the
Bumble Brothers: Crazy for Comics! The silly puns, the nonsensical riddles, and
the zant misunderstandings are just right for the sensibilities of 7-10-year-olds.
KBN: Will you be doing any book tours?
SM: Not at this time, but if my publisher wants me to be
out and traveling across America, I’m ready!
KBN: What advice do you have for parents on getting their kids reading?
SM: I would advise parents to “model” being readers at
home. Also, try not to judge what their children are reading, whether it’s
comic books or graphic novels. Reading is reading…and when kids associate
reading experiences with fun experiences, they’ll be motivated and, on their way, to reading all sorts of genres, including chapter books and novels.
KBN: What will parents and teachers love most about your book(s)?
SM: I think parents and teachers will feel good that their children/students
are deriving pleasure from my book and will want to read more of them…or more
similar types of books. Hopefully, many adults will, I believe, find the silly humor
KBN: What's your next project?SM: Since the Bumble Brothers will be a three-book graphic novel series, I am now working on finishing up book #2 and I’m also still writing book #3.
Steve Metzger is the award-winning author of more than 80 children’s books, including The Way I Act (approved for classroom use by the California Department of Education), Detective Blue (IRA-CBC Children’s Choice List, SLJ starred review), Pluto Visits Earth! (ABC Best Books for Children), and Yes, I Can Listen!” a Eureka! Honor Award winner from the California Reading Association. His latest, The Bumble Brothers: Crazy for Comics! is a middle-grade graphic novel chosen by the Junior Library Guild as a Gold Standard Selection. Steve lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.
For more information: www.stevemetzgerbooks.com
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Thanks so much, Steve, for sharing. Be sure to stop by The Neophyte Writer to learn more about Steve.