Robert Munsch


Robert Munsch

Get to Know Robert Munsch

Robert Munsch! You asked . . . and Robert Munsch answered! Here are the questions that you submitted, chosen at random and answered by Robert himself.

Mackenzie, 7 years old:
Robert Munsch, do you know that I have a book that you signed? It was for my birthday a couple of years ago.
Robert Munsch:
I have signed a lot of books — it is nice to meet kids whose books I have signed. Once a kid brought me a book that he wanted me to sign twice!

Katrina, 10 years old:
Where do you get your ideas? How do you choose which ones to use?
Robert Munsch:
I get my ideas from:
1. Kids - “Can you make a story about my ponytail?” -
Stephanie's Ponytail
2. Looking at kids - “Wow! That kid is colouring her fingernails purple!” -
Purple Green and Yellow
3. Visiting Families - “It’s my birthday and you’re telling stories.” -
Moira's Birthday
4. Letters - “When I get Amy out of bed she falls asleep on the floor.” -
Get Out of Bed!
5. Storytelling - “I’m going to make up a new story. Who wants to be in it?”

Linda, 8 years old:
Can you write scary stories?
Robert Munsch:
I am not very good at scary stories so I don't write them.

Shawdi, 7 years old:
When did you start reading books?
Robert Munsch:
I started to read in second grade, but I did not start to enjoy it until fourth grade.

Latisha, 10 years old:
How do you make your books?
Robert Munsch:
I just write down the words. All the rest of the work is done by the artist and the publisher.

Katie, 12 years old:
What other languages are your books written in?
Robert Munsch:
At least some of my books are in Hebrew, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Icelandic, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Swedish and Korean.

Joshua, 12 years old:
What is the furthest town that you have gone to visit a school?
Robert Munsch:
The furthest place was either Iceland or Inuvik, NWT.

Andrew, 12 years old:
Does your wife write stories too?
Robert Munsch:
No, she writes newspaper articles.

Veena, 10 years old:
When did you write your first book? How old were you? What is your favourite colour? What is your favourite food? How many children do you have? What is your favourite book?
Robert Munsch:
I was 35 when I wrote my first book.
Favourite colour = black
Favourite food = chicken foot soup
I have three kids
Favourite book: Love You Forever

Michelle, 9 years old:
How long does it take to write a book?
Robert Munsch:
It takes me a long time to finish a book because I tell the story until it gets good. That usually takes 5 years.

Brenda, 6 years old:
Why don't you make a TV show? I really like you. You are my favourite author.
Robert Munsch:
I am afraid I will stop writing if I do a TV show.

Neena, 4 years old:
Do you have kids? What are their names?
Robert Munsch:
I have three kids. They are grown up now.
Tyya is in Something Good.
Andrew is in Andrew's Loose Tooth.
Julie is in David's Father and Makeup Mess.

Paige, 7 years old:
Do you ski or snowboard?
Robert Munsch:
I ski. I have learned to do downhill skiing. Well, actually, I have learned to fall down steep hills while wearing skis. This came about because Julie bugged me until I took her to ski lessons. I figured that she would fall off a few cliffs and decide to stick to home videos but unfortunately she loved it.

She loved it so much that Andrew got interested. I took him along hoping that he would be smart enough to see that falling off cliffs wearing large pieces of plastic on his feet was not fun. He loved it too.

So there I was sitting at the bottom of a cliff freezing to death while my children tried to kill themselves or maybe somebody else while flying through the air with large pieces of multicoloured plastic on their feet and large sharp prongs in their hands.

But once I got really cold I figured out why parents go skiing. It is more fun to die going downhill in an exciting manner than to freeze slowly at the bottom of a cliff while your kids try to kill themselves. So I signed up for ski lessons.

A ski instructor took me up a lift to the top of a large ice covered hill (it looked like a large vertical ice-skating rink) and pushed me off the edge. I zipped down the hill, slammed into a fence, bounced off a tree, hit two kids and finally stopped by cleverly dragging my face in the snow. The instructor said I was a natural.

Duncan, 10 years old:
Are your stories true?
Robert Munsch:
Except for From Far Away, my stories are not true. The kids in the stories are real, but the stories are made up.