Welcome to my first author interview! I usually do character interviews with authors, but I felt like that type of interview wouldn’t do the children’s book Noah the Narwhal justice.
All illustrations in this post have been created by Sarah Gould.
This book is truly one of my favourite children’s books of last year. The illustrations are adorable and the writing style is to-the-point and descriptive. You can read my full review here.
I was really drawn to the idea of this creature with a horn that could be inverted to evoke the feeling of a migraine. And, much like narwhals themselves, all too many people think migraines aren’t a real thing!
2. I loved the illustration where Noah is tusk-brushing his tusk with a toothbrush! What was your favourite illustration in the book?
3. How did you and Sarah Gould (the illustrator) decide which illustrations to use?
4. What do you think children will like about the story?
5. What do you want children to understand through the story?
I guess there are two sides to what I hope my readers take away from the book. One is a validation of their own experiences, whether that’s from their own disability or just up and down days. We all need understanding and kindness, and to know that people will be there for us. The other is to help grow the reader’s sense of empathy and thoughtfulness. We are each a part of many communities, and those communities each include many people who deal with invisible disabilities. Having the tools to recognize, understand and love makes an enormous difference to individual lives and group cultures.
6. What are some of your favourite lines from the book?
Judith Klausner is a migrainey land mammal from Somerville, Massachusetts. She channels her experience of invisible disability (and everything else) into her creative endeavors. She often makes art using unusual materials from her surroundings, and plays with her food both recreationally and professionally. When not creating works of art, she likes to throw fancy dress tea parties. Seeing a lack of characters like herself in picture books, Judith set to work contributing to filling this void, and she hopes that Noah will help other disabled folks of all ages feel less isolated.
I loved the story! If you’d like to read the book, check it out on Goodreads. Read my review to find out what I thought about this wonderful book.