Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Mr. Pig LIVE . . . with Henny!

Hello and welcome to another exciting episode of my hit talk show, "Mr. Pig LIVE!" 

Today's guest is the feathered star of Elizabeth Rose Stanton's acclaimed debut picture book. Let's give a big, er, hand for the chicken with arms . . . 


Baawwaaak! Hello, Mr. Pig.

Welcome, Henny! Before I get to our interview, let's roll a clip. . .


Henny, what is your full name? 
Henrietta Van Cluck Stanton. Just kidding. It’s just Henny. I just thought I’d be fun to pretend I had a longer name.

What is the best thing about being you? Having arms.

What is the worst thing about being you?
Having arms.

Do you have a belly button?
That’s the least of my concerns.

*Snort.* If you were stranded on a desert island, what would you bring?
Duct tape, a hammer, my chopsticks, chicken aspirin, and a whole bunch of books. Oh and, of course, my pink purse and green umbrella.

From HENNY. Illustration copyright 2014 by Elizabeth Rose Stanton.

What is your idea of the perfect day?
Sitting on a hilltop, a gentle breeze blowing through my comb, reading a book.  

Aaah, delightful. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I kind of have one already, don’t I? I mean, come on, a chicken with arms? All I need is the cape. I’ll have to ask Stanton to draw me one.

Hmm. I smell a sequel! What are you reading right now?
George Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man.

From HENNY. Illustration copyright 2014 by Elizabeth Rose Stanton.

What is your favorite word?
Bwwaaak! It’s kind of like “aloha”—it means hello and goodbye in Chickenese. Sometimes, when I want it to, it also means “thank you.”

What is you least favorite word? 
BaGOKin’! (it’s a bad word in Chickenese)

What is your favorite sound?
No sound. I like quiet. 

What is your least favorite sound?
Too much sound—especially from that baGOKin’ rooster. Oops! I shouldn’t use bad words. 

From HENNY. Illustration copyright 2014 by Elizabeth Rose Stanton.

Share one thing that most of our readers don’t know about you.

Oui! There is a French edition of me (published in France by Seuil Jeunesse). 

Ooh la la! Congratulations! If you could dine with three characters from other books, who would they be?
I would most certainly have to return the favor and invite Mike Curato’s sweet Little Elliot, especially since he’ll bring the cupcakes. I would also invite Ame Dykman’s Cub because he knows the tea party rules and, finally, Drew Daywalt’s Beige Crayon, because he could draw us up a turkey dinner—and maybe some chairs.

From HENNY. Illustration copyright 2014 by Elizabeth Rose Stanton.
Little Elliot and Cub have been on my show. Lovely folks! What did you eat for breakfast this morning?
Bugs, with my chopsticks. 

What is your most embarrassing moment?
When someone called me “creeptacular.” Then I decided I kind of liked it. 

What is your pet peeve? 
People who think my name is HENRY. 

What was it like working with Elizabeth Rose Stanton? 
She’s an inveterate procrastidoodler. But I guess that’s a good thing since that’s how she thought me up. Oh, and that cute cat of hers gets in the way. A lot. 

Thank you so very much for having me, Mr. Pig! Baawwaaak!!  

Thank YOU, Henny! Now stick around. Nina from Mamabelly Lunch's with Love has prepared a Henny-themed bento lunch just for you!*

*Scroll down to see the HENNY Literary Lunch.


About the book
by Elizabeth Rose Stanton
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 2014  
ISBN 9781442484368 

A New York Public Library Best Children’s Book of 2014  

“This adorable, albeit unconventional, story of self-discovery will charm all ages." --American Booksellers Association Kids’ Indie Next List, Winter 2013-2014

“The premise is clever, and the execution is hysterical . . . a good message about making the best of one's circumstances and looking on the bright side.” --Booklist, starred review

“Henny’s journey of adjustment and empowerment is a useful lesson for young children, told in a fun, imaginative way." --BookPage

“In gentle pencil-and-watercolor sketches on an eggshell-white ground, Stanton scatters moments of quiet humor like chicken feed." --Publishers Weekly

About the author
Elizabeth Rose Stanton began her picture book writing and illustrating adventure a few years ago, after a brief career as an architect and long career as a parent and fine artist.

Her debut picture book, HENNY (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books), was awarded a Booklist star and was recently named as one of the best books of 2014 for children by The New York Public Library. She has signed on again with Simon & Schuster for a new picture book, PEDDLES, about a little pig with some big ideas, due out in early 2016. 

She lives in Seattle with her husband and Bea-the-Cat. Elizabeth is represented by Joanna Volpe of New Leaf Literary & Media in New York, and is a member of SCBWI International, and SCBWI Western Washington.   

Visit Elizabeth at her website or blog. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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