|The great Liesl Freudenstein|
Generally Horrible Questions: Liesl "Von Trapp" Freudenstein
|Less important: what Liesl and her hubby are reading on|
their Greek vacation. More important is what they're
drinking. Am I right?
I got in the book business to foil my dad's ambitions for me. He wanted me to be an astronaut or at least a rocket scientist, but being a hard core rebel, I choose book selling. Also, there was a bookstore down the road and I hung around so much they gave me a job. [So...loitering and stickin' it to the man lead to bookselling. I guess it's better than prison. My sister is a rocket scientist, by the way. It's overrated.]
2. Why children’s books? Was there a book that drove you to it (Finnegan’s Wake, perhaps?)?
I did every other job EXCEPT children's as obviously that is the SCARIEST and most DIFFICULT type of book selling and buying and it requires an expert. Oddly, as soon as I had a child I was dubbed an instant expert and all of my shifts were in children's from then on. When I had two children-I was dubbed an expert times two and given the buyer job. [If this isn't an afterschool special promoting abstinence, I don't know what is.]
3. What book(s) changed your life?
Truly I loved Mary Stewart's The Crystal Cave and Hollow Hills-my dad thinks this was the beginning of the end of my astronaut ambitions. That and a deep mistrust of the laws of physics. Give me magic! [Your father seems obsessed with the space program. I can give him my sister's phone number. He'll appreciate you more afterward.]
4. You have offspring (sorry). What’s the best book to read aloud? Twilight?
Twilight does not make for a good read-aloud the dialogue is too stilted and there are too many silent longing glances. Fortunately, my daughter is here to help me with the question.(pause for the asking of the question...)
We (previously mentioned daughter & I) think Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell is brilliant. Whimsical, half graphic, and a mystery to boot. I also think that every child should have a copy of When Dinosaurs Came With Everything by Elise Broach. Not as much teen angst as Twilight, but the look on the mother's face when the baker gives her son a real dinosaur is way better than anything Bella could express. [Wait--Bella has expressions?]
7. What’s the last adult book you read? (Twilight is not an adult book.)
I just finished Karin Slaughter's new book--'cause when I'm not reading about teen drug use, depression, identity crisis, and the end of the world, I like to read about serial killers. [This answer is damn near perfect in every way.]
8. As the first children’s book specialist featured on this blog, is today the greatest day of your life?
Today is truly the best day of my life--I hope it's as good for you as it is for me....oh, except for that time I was interviewed by Erin Zlotnik for her blog-she was my first. [You didn't save yourself for us? Insert follow-up abstinence comment here.]
9. Liz or Gianna?
I don't know Gianna, so I'm wondering what she's like. [Gianna says she can be whatever you want her to be. However, the correct answer is ALWAYS LIZ.]
10. Harry or Voldemort? Or that older, frumpy woman in the pink suit from the movie trailers?
Harry-at least he has a nose-too creepy without a nose.....but the snake thing is interesting. [This is a trick question. The correct answer is "whoever Maggie Smith plays."]
Are you calling me short? [Yeah, I call everybody short.] I just had a lovely conversation with a child regarding his vast Lego collection, how many books he has (at least 500 including sticker books), and how many blocks(millions and millions), and how l should really, really get more books, because well, he "has all these" as he completely dismisses my entire Lego section with a casual wave of his hand. Kids are like that, tellin' it like it is. [Um...children should be seen and not heard...or not seen and not heard.]
12. A friend of mine makes me watch Yo Gabba Gabba with her kid. Also, she didn’t name her son after me. How should I handle this situation?
That's tough! I would offer to babysit, then give him a recording of the Barney song, play it until he has it memorized then send him home with it. [I'm pretty sure that I'm not legally permitted to babysit anymore, but I like the way you think.]
13. What’s your latest book love?
I am very excited for The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There-by Catherynne Valente. I loved the first book The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making very much; it has a great voice capturing what makes books like Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland so wonderful. A mix of dreamworlds and childhood and unexpected complications--just like growing up. Plus it's an awesome title. I also love a whole box of RH books I just received from Erin...I haven't opened it yet--I'm waiting for privacy--but there are bound to be some really awesome books in it like a kid's version of 50 Shades of Grey-maybe 25 Helpings of Mudpies? [We are now searching the Urban Dictionary for the definition of "mudpie."....Yikes. There are eight definitions and we aren't bold enough to put any of them on here. Definition #9 would be "cause for termination."]