Prestwood kindergarten, first and second grade students were given a surprise visit on February 11, 2016 in the Multi-Purpose Room by famous author, Jory John. He is the author of many children’s books including the New York Times bestseller, “The Terrible Two”.
Two members of the Prestwood Journalism Club were lucky enough to meet him as well!
John recently moved from Santa Cruz, California to Portland, Oregon. Why you might ask? Well, he wanted to live somewhere new and he narrowed his two best options down to Portland and Seattle. In the end, Portland really seemed to fit his needs better.
John gets his inspiration from funny people and he always treats his current job as an author, “as a real job”. One example is when he was in college and he wrote for the Santa Cruz Sentinel, the local newspaper.
Jory John has several co-authors that he works with on his books. In the New York Times bestseller, “The Terrible Two”, John co-wrote this book with his friend Mac Barnett, who is also an author. Every Monday, the two friends would meet and have a “Write Day.” They would work on their stories separately or work together, then they would take a walk and go to lunch.
A few more interesting facts we learned about him are when Jory John was young his favorite books were George and Martha books, anything by Shel Silverstein, and books by Judy Blume. Some of John’s books are also about ducks or bears. So, we asked him if his personality is more like a duck or a bear. He replied, “Bear, but most would describe him as more of a duck, but he knows he is more like a bear.” His favorite color is gray-blue, and his favorite food is vegetarian enchiladas. He also told us if he ever stopped writing, he would love to work with children.
John gave us a surprising upcoming sneak-peek about his book, “The Terrible Two”. It was recently sold to Universal Studios to be turned into a film! So, when the movie comes to theaters we recommend you go see it.
But, read the book before! Remember, you heard it here first, from The Prestwood Post!
By Dharma Niles and Sophie Rulmont