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Praise for the Book
“Tia does an awesome job in this book capturing the funny antics of a two year old and putting them on paper in a way that is funny for your child and even more funny for mom and dad!…If you want a cute book to read to your child(ren) and get a good laugh yourself (maybe cry a little because of your frustration? LOL!), this is a really cute one for the whole family. This book has made it to the frequently read shelf!”
“It’s a book I don’t mind having to read to my daughter over and over and over and over again. Every toddler’s library should include this book. Well done!”
“”Two” is ingenious. Ostensibly a child’s board book, it looks like one, feels like one, and reads like one with its primary vocabulary and rhyme. And yet anyone who’s been a parent or sibling of a two-year-old will recognize the characteristic behaviors, grimace at the memories of them all, and then smile. You can’t help but smile, perhaps in relief that you did survive this year.”
Tia Perkin is a three-time Emmy-Nominated Graphic Artist and Arizona native. She wrote this book for her now three-year-old twin sons. “Two!” is her first book.
Interview with Author Tia Perkin
1) If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose? Walt Disney
2) What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? A bagel & cream cheese with an iced tea.
3) Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. “Two!” is a fun read for a small child, but it’s relatable for anyone who has spent the day with a toddler.
4) Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? I am currently brainstorming for “Three!”and I’d like to continue a year-by-year series for as long as it makes sense. After that, I have a couple other ideas I’d like to pursue for a slightly older audience.
5) Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. My kids have seen more of ”Two!” than your average toddler. I wrote the book for them, so we read it even before it was published. Now they see buttons, stickers and posters of it all around the house. By the time most other people started seeing the book, they were three years old and it was already old news to them. Even still, one night I was getting ready to go on TV to talk about self-publishing “Two!”, and one of my boys was carrying the book all around the house with him. There was no greater compliment, to me, than that.
6) If you could jump in to a book and live in that world, which would it be? Harry Potter would be a hard world to resist. There just isn’t enough magic in the world today.
7) If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why? It’s hard not to love the regular access to food, water, plumbing, modern medicine and technology that comes with living in the here and now, but if I could just attend one Salon in 18th Century Parisand be a part of the art and culture of that time, I would do it in a heartbeat.
8) Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters? Flight of the Bumblebee.
9) When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? A cartoonist.
10) What inspired you to want to become a writer? You know, I don’t really consider myself a writer as much as I do an artist – by trade, I am a graphic designer and illustrator. I have learned over the years that good art is nothing without a good idea or story behind it. I read with my twin boys all the time – anything we can get our hands on. At two, they were pretty destructive with their books still and there are a lot fewer options for board books out there. So, I wrote them a book with all the things they loved – from rhymes to vacuums and illustrated them in the story so they could have something special that I made just for them.
11) Can you see yourself in any of your characters? The mom in “Two!” may have some resemblance to me ;)
12) What was your favorite children’s book? As a child: Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do you See, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Chicken Soup with Rice. As an adult reading to my kids: Room on the Broom, Little Blue Truck and the Pigeon series by Mo Willems.
13) What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you? You have to learn the rules so you know how to break them.
14) What is on your “keeper shelf” of books? The entire Anthology of Calvin and Hobbes Books; Everything written by David Sedaris & Augusten Burroughs and Ron Carlson
15) What’s your favorite season/weather? Fall is my absolute favorite. If I had it my way, every day would be in October.
16) If you had 24 hours alone how would you spend it? Exploring the city and sitting in a coffee shop drinking an iced tea, drawing and writing.
17) Do you prefer to write in silence or with music? Write in silence, draw with music.
18) How did you go about publishing your book? I wanted to illustrate my own book, so I decided to self-publish. However, the upfront cost for printing a board book is quite high, so I ran a Kickstarter campaign to cover the costs of printing the first run of 1,000 books. I am lucky to have friends and family who were able to help make the campaign a success, and now I am able to share “Two!” withother families.
19) Who or what inspired your last book? My highly active and curious twin boys (and trying to keep up with them when they were two)!
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