I had the privilege of checking out some new books from Disney-Hyperion recently and with my son being an avid reader, I couldn’t wait to let him dig right into these stories! I love hearing him tell me all about the books he’s reading. There’s something about the imagination of a nine year old that makes the stories even more exciting.
Charlie & the Frog is about the adventures of Charlie Tickler and Castle the frog. I had the opportunity to ask some questions to the author, Karen Kane to give you guys a little inside scoop on what it was like writing this fun story!
- Where did you get inspirations for the characters in the book from?
When I write, I borrow (aka steal) character traits from every person I meet, as well as from myself! I take things that are funny/different/interesting and ramp them up. Frog is a combination of all the strong, assertive Deaf girls I have met as a sign language interpreter.
- I love the story of Charlie and I think it’s a great read for kids! What message were you hoping to get across to everyone who reads it?
Finding your own power. All of us have it—but we have to look within to find it. And we have to be brave enough to use our power to ask for what we want. Frog already knows this. Charlie’s journey was to discover this for himself.
- Which character in the book do you find you relate to most and why?
Definitely Charlie. Because I also had to learn to look inward—and not outward—to find my own power. And as I continue to do this, I become more like Frog!
- What advice would you give to any young aspiring authors who wish to follow in your footsteps?
Here is the key to being a writer or anything else: you must have what researcher Carol Dweck calls “mastery-oriented mind-set.” This is the belief that you can figure something out. You see, it’s simply not true that some people are just good at things and other people are not. What is true is that the people who do well in a field have a “mastery-oriented mind-set.” They have decided not to give up until they succeed.
With a “mastery-oriented mindset”, you can also learn to be good at whatever you want to learn, like writing a book. Now there IS magic in writing—that I can’t teach you. But you have access to that magic, just like I do. But you can learn the craft of writing. Learning to write well is never done. But you must believe that you CAN learn. And trust me—you can.
- If you could add any character from any book to this story, which character would you love to incorporate into Frog & Charlie’s adventures?
I wouldn’t add a character from another book, but I would add a feeling. I would love Charlie & Frog to have the same feel of books I loved as a kid. So I would take a dash of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, add a dab of Danny the Champion of the World, along with a pinch of Harriet the Spy—and sprinkle that into Charlie & Frog!
Parents who are looking for great inspirational read for their kids with a positive and powerful message for your kids, check out Charlie & the Frog. I love that Landyn can read about so many different types of people and their adventures and journey in coming together and teaching each other to be better and more strong people in this world. Thank you to Karen Kane for taking the time to answer my questions. It was so fun for me to get this inside glimpse into how she made this story come to life and I hope you all enjoy it too!