Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Allan Woodrow

Allan Woodrow is the author of The Rotten Adventures of Zachary Ruthless and The Pet War. Also, under the name Fowler DeWitt, Woodrow has written The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School and its sequel, The Amazing Wilmer Dooley.

Woodrow's latest book is Class Dismissed.

Recently I asked the author about what he was reading. His reply:
I usually have a few books on my nightstand, replenishing them with frequent trips to the bookstore or library. Then, I finish those books and I grab something from the bookshelf in my house until I can find time to run out to the library or bookstore again.

Right now is one of those ‘in-between’ times.

So I have two books on my nightstand now, but hope to fill up the stand with more books in the next few days.

The book I’m reading right now is The View from Saturday by the great E.L. Konigsburg. This will be my third or fourth time reading the 1996 Newberry Medal winner, but it’s been a couple of years since the last time, so I’m rediscovering parts I’ve forgotten. When I’m writing a children’s book (which is usually), I like to read a classic or two. My own writing improves when I’m reading strong writing. It rubs off on me. This book is told from a variety of different perspectives—which I had forgotten—and coincidentally, that is something I did for my latest book (Class Dismissed).

The other book on my nightstand is bestseller The Girl On The Train. The entire country has seemingly read it; my wife read it; now it’s my turn. I admit, I don’t read that many adult books. But books that are smash hits are begging to be read, even if they are not my usual reading material.
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--Marshal Zeringue