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Friday, May 4, 2012

I'm Back! And I Brought Stephen Colbert and Julie Andrews!

What do Stephen Colbert and Dame Julie Andrews have in common? They’re both children’s authors!


I know it seems as though celebrities jump on the picture book bandwagon without any real background in crafting stories, but Julie Andrews has been writing for a long time. She’s written quite a few books under the name Julie Andrews Edwards—my two favorites are probably The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles (picture book) and Mandy (middle grade). 

I LOVED these books as a girl, never realizing they were written by none other than MARY POPPINS! Talk about a multitasker. Most recently, Dame Julie Andrews has written The Very Fairy Princess series.





For his part, Stephen Colbert has blasted onto the children's scene with I am a Pole (and so can you!)


What began as a joke, pitched to Maurice Sendak (author/illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are—see the interview here), has turned into an actual book deal for Colbert.

I don’t want to spoil too much of the fun, so here’s a link to a lovely interview between Julie and Stephen. It takes few minutes to watch, but it’s hilarious and a great way to start out the weekend (watch to the end to see their cute duet):

28 comments:

  1. The Colbert skit with Sendak had me in tears. When 'Go the *ahem* to Sleep' can become a best selling picture book, I see no reason 'Pole' can't either. Had to be the logic behind a publisher picking it up.

    It is hilarious, though. : )

    Glad you're back!

    EJ

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    1. The whole thing just cracks me up! Colbert has the best interviews :)

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  2. THE Julie Andrews wrote MANDY?!? I loved that book! I had no idea that was her.

    An bookmarking the video since I can't watch it on my iPod and don't have a computer handy.

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    1. I loved Mandy, too :) The video really is funny if you get the chance to watch it!

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  3. I read Mandy as a young girl too, and loved it. I knew she was the author and was completely impressed. What a talented woman!

    And I really must check out Stephen Colbert's book. It sounds terrific.

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    1. He read it on the interview with Maurice Sendak~ it was pretty funny :)

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  4. LOL I loved the skit with Maurice Sendak. It was actually pretty good.

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    1. I laughed my booty off watching that interview.

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  5. That was hilarious and loved the duet!

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  6. I never knew these two had time to write books too!

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    1. I know! Makes me feel like a slacker :)

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  7. Enjoyed the Julie Andrews/Colbert interview a bunch--I recently read Julie Andrew's autobiography, so this caught my attention. I knew she wrote children's books, but didn't know she has so many to her credit :-)

    And welcome back--it's good to see you again!

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  8. I'm so glad you're back!

    That was a cute interview. I love Julie Andrews. :)

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  9. Welcome back! You were missed! I've always loved Julie Andrews - she seems like such a sweet person.

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  10. Welcome back indeed, Jess! And thank you for sharing that interview--I had heard about it and then never got around to watching it, so I appreciate the reminder!

    I also didn't realize that Julie Andrews had written quite so many books. I'll have to check out this MANDY that everyone likes so much.

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    1. It's great! At least, I remember it being great :) I'll have to check it out from the library again to confirm.

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  11. I've missed out on all these books!

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