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7(.5) Totally Useless Questions for David Hyde Costello

lambert_crow of his ownAfter working the Horn Book booth at Saturday’s Hubbub Festival, I met up with David Hyde Costello, author/illustrator of Here They Come, I Can Help, and Little Pig Joins the Band before his scheduled event: a reading of his most recent illustrated work, A Crow of His Own (written by Megan Dowd Lambert).

I could have asked him about the upcoming event, A Crow of His Own, or, really, anything at all to do with being an author/illustrator.

I didn’t.

1. Gryffindor or Hufflepuff? 

That’s from the Harry Potter books, right? Ask me about Star Wars.

2. What is your favorite constellation? 

Like in the sky? Orion? It’s the only one I can identify.

3a. Pick a bird.


3b. Could you best it in a fight?

Easily. I’d punch that thing in the head. No, I’m kidding, of course. I would never punch a penguin. I want it to be on record that I would never punch a penguin.

4. North Pole or South?

South. There are some penguins I’d like to apologize to.

5. Which character from literature would you kill?

It’s too early in my campaign to go negative.

6. What’s your His Dark Materials dæmon?

Red fox.

7. Weapon of choice for the apocalypse?

My razor-sharp mind. A white flag? A weapon is not the first thing I think of when thinking about apocalypse preparedness.

7.5. What do you think of re: the apocalypse?

I dunno…Canned food, shelter, creating a harmonious society in a world gone wrong. Ya know, same stuff I think about now.


[Okay okay, I also asked him one real question.]

8. What do you like best about these events?

When someone asks me what part of being an author is the most fun I tell them the very beginning when I first get an idea and I’m coming up with the story, and then the very last part when I get to read the book to an audience of children. Obviously there is a marketing component to an event like this one, but luckily I really enjoy being in front of an audience of children.


DHC also told me it is important to have stylish footwear when your audience is at knee-level. Exhibit A:

DHC bikes sock

Siân Gaetano About Siân Gaetano

Siân Gaetano is assistant editor for The Horn Book, Inc. Follow her on Twitter @KidLitChick.

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