Ame + Dan
Today on the Nerdy Book Blog, we have the author and illustrator of BOY + BOT: Ame Dyckman and Dan Yaccarino. One is a brand-new newbie. The other is a seasoned pro. Let’s hear from the pro first.
AME: Hi, everybody!
DAN: Um, Ame? The Announcer Guy said that the pro goes first.
AME: But, he meant me, right? I’m the Nerdy Book Club pro!
DAN: What? You are not book nerdier than me!
AME: Am too, Dan! I love books so much, when I was little, I wanted to live in the library.
DAN: Lots of kids want to live in the library, Ame.
AME: Yes, but I wove a sleeping mat out of bookmarks and made myself a bed on the P-Q shelf.
DAN: Okay, that’s a teeny bit book nerdy. But when I was little, I ate three Dr. Seuss books because I loved them so much. Unfortunately, they didn’t love me back.
AME: What happened?
DAN: They made me nau-Seuss.
AME: Ew! Maybe that’s a bit book nerdy. But I’m so book nerdy, after I read the part in Pierre where the lion eats Pierre, I never said “I don’t care” again.
DAN: I don’t believe you.
AME: I don’t c—oh, nice try, Dan!
DAN: Well, I’m so book nerdy, after I read The Carrot Seed, I actually planted a carrot seed.
AME: Did a carrot come up?
DAN: Yes. Just as I had known it would.
AME: Good job! But I’m still book nerdier. After I read Rikki Tikki Tavi, I tried to convince my parents we needed a mongoose to protect us from cobras in the backyard.
DAN: Did that work?
AME: No. We were living in Alaska.
DAN: Sorry! But I’m so book nerdy, I used to wear a wolf suit like Max in Where The Wild Things Are.
AME: When did you wear that?
DAN: Until 2 years ago. It shrunk in the dryer.
AME: Bummer. Well, I’m so book nerdy, I read all 13 of the A Series of Unfortunate Events books at Disney World.
DAN: So? The ride lines are really long.
AME: I read on Space Mountain.
AME: Itty Bitty Book Light. I never leave home without it.
DAN: Whoa. Pretty book nerdy there, Ame. But I’m so book nerdy, I bought the old wooden card catalogue from my library, and it’s now in my living room.
AME: WOW! I WANT ONE!
DAN: So, are you admitting I’m book nerdier than you?
AME: No! Wait! I… I haven’t seen the top of my coffee table in years! I have books in languages I don’t even know! I wanted to name my cat ‘Aslan!’ I’m so book nerdier than you!
DAN: I’m book nerdier than you!
AME: I’m book nerdier than THOU!
DAN: (laughing) That was really nerdy!
AME: (giggling) You weren’t too bad yourself. Want to play robots now?
DAN: Affirmative! Back to you, Announcer Guy.
BOY + BOT, a humorous friendship story about a boy, a robot, and a little misunderstanding, debuts April 10th from Alfred A. Knopf. BOY + BOT is Ame’s first book and Dan’s fifty-fourth. And they are both proud members of the Nerdy Book Club.
Mr. Schu is debuting the Boy + Bot trailer today on his blog.