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Posted by Tom, September 11, 2012

An interview with Goldilocks and Just the One Bear creator Leigh Hodgkinson

There’s a really great interview with Leigh Hodgkinson, author and illustrator of Goldilocks and Just the One Bear, on the website Two Writing Teachers.

Stacey Shubitz asks Leigh about some fascinating parts of the process of making the book – including the logic behind specific words and fonts, fractured fairytales, and how blogging (which Leigh does here) and animation help Leigh as a writer and illustrator.

Here’s what Stacey says about Goldilocks:

“I enjoyed Goldilocks and Just One Bear for more than the fact that a bear is the protagonist. It is a well written, humorous book that is an excellent model for character development. Furthermore, as a writer, I loved Leigh’s choices of words throughout the text since they were so precise. In fact, it boggles my mind how she was able to really choose the best words page after page. In addition, the story structure of this text can be used to show students how to create rising action, a climax, and a resolution (that includes a surprise ending). For these reasons (and the fact that it includes a bear), I wanted to share it with you since it has all of the makings of an excellent mentor text.”

You can read the full, fascinating interview here, and order Goldilocks online here. And here’s a look inside the book: