My Three Minutes, Twenty-One Seconds of Fame

Based on my review of Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid books that posted on 10/12/09, I was asked to participate in an interview with Michele Norris, one of the hosts of the NPR show All Things Considered. First, Jeff Kinney was interviewed and fielded questions from kids, then I came on to talk about some of the aspects of the books parents might find unsavory. It was an amazing experience. I was so nervous I thought I was going to vomit, but Michele put me at ease right away and I was quickly rambling on like we were sitting at a Starbucks chatting over a cappuccino, which is exactly what she suggested I envision at the outset of our conversation.

I have my local public radio station on all day when I am home and all the time in the car and have for all of my adult life. It has been a surreal, amazing, incredible experience to be asked to come on to this show that I have great respect for and speak knowledgeably about an aspect of my passion, children's literature. And I made Michele Norris laugh!!!

So, now you can hear what I sound like by clicking this link.


wesleyjeanne said…
Wow! Congratulations! And well-deserved. I love our site and love your reviews. I have very often bought books based on your recommendation alone and have never been disappointed.
nopinkhere said…
Wow! Congrats!
I've found a number of books I've enjoyed based on your site and I'm glad you had the chance to share your expertise with a different audience!
Anonymous said…
I heard you on NPR this evening without knowing you would be on there. At the end of your interview when they said the name of your blog I thought, OMG I know her!!! I know that blog!!! She's on my links!!!

I thought you did an AMAZING job. I would have been terrified, but you sounded great and I have to say that I totally agree with your opinion of the Wimpy Kid books.

It must not be easy playing devil's advocate after an interview with a best selling author, but you pulled it off with grace and intelligence. Very impressive!

CONGRATULATIONS! I couldn't wait to rush over here and say that!
Unknown said…
Heard you on NPR. Great job.
I will follow your advice and
check out the books.
It's always been a fantasy of mine
to be interviewed on NPR, too.
Tanya said…
Thanks to everyone for listening and writing in to me! It means so much to know you are out there and that I'm heading in the right direction!!
Jeremy said…
That's too awesome. You sound extremely bright and likable -- just like your written voice.
Kelly Day said…
I had no idea you were doing this- what a great tool for parents! I've read your reviews and (also by chance) heard you on NPR - amazing! I always thought kids/teen books were your niche, but not to this level of depth and commitment.
So very very cool.
Samantha said…
I heard the piece last week on NPR and came looking for your blog. Glad to have found you and congrats. I’m with you re. the Wimpy Kids books but my reluctant reader six-year old boy loves them – so what can a mom do? Well, actually we have been reading Roald Dahl for the past couple of weeks, first The Fantastic Mr. Fox in anticipation of the movie and now Matilda, but I ramble. Looking forward to reading your blog!

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