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Interview with author, Sybrina Durant

Happy Sunday folks and Father’s Day. Today I want to share my interview with children’s book author, Sybrina Durant. I’ve featured her book, Learn To Tie A Tie With The Rabbit And The Fox, in the past and today and today’s interview will highlight her book, Yarashell Abbily and Her Very Messy Room. Feel free to comment and share.

What is the book about?

The book is about a delightful little girl who wakes up joyfully each day. She sets about getting herself dressed and ready for the day. In the process, she pulls most everything out of her dresser drawers and closet, tossing them this way and that. They all land in unique configurations about the room, creating a fantastic wonderland in her imagination. Through it all, she discusses her creations with her best friend…her doll, who encourages her handi-work to be even better. As you might imagine, when Mommy appears upon the scene, all she sees is a mess! A battle of wills ensues. Finally, in frustration Daddy arrives with a brilliant idea. To end the confrontation, he suggests a game…Yarashell’s favorite. The thought of winning is exactly what is needed to turn her attention to the task at hand…cleaning up her room.

What inspired you to write the book?

I had the cutest inspiration that you can possibly imagine. Years ago, I was having a conversation with one of my granddaughters, who was 3 years old at the time. I asked her, “What is your very favorite thing in the world to do?” She looked at me very seriously for a moment and then a huge grin broke out on her face. With great enthusiasm, she answered, “I like to mess up my room!” I must say, that did take me back for a second. Then, I couldn’t help laughing out loud as I realized the implication. Of course she liked messing up her room! It was always quite a mess…as were the rooms of all the other little 3 year olds that I knew. Right away, I wrote a little song for her with the title, “I Like To Mess Up My Room”. A couple of years later, the book, “Yarashell Abbily and Her Very Messy Room” came to me.

Where can the book be purchased?

The book can be purchased in print and ebook formats at most online stores.

How can readers connect with you?

I would love to hear from parents and other adults who have read this book to their small children. Feedback means everything to an author. I can be contacted at sybrina at sybrina.com.

How long did it take for the book to be written?

I didn’t even think about writing the book until 2 years after I wrote the song. Once I decided I was going to, it took about an hour to come up with the sing-song verse. Once I had that down, it was a matter of finding the right artist to bring my ideas to life. I feel so fortunate to have found Sara Wilson to illustrate the book. Her artwork so vibrant and colorful, just what little girls like. I also like the dreamy quality for the backgrounds as it makes the main characters really jump off the page.

Who is the primary audience for the book?

I’m envisioning parents and adults reading Yarashell Abbily to their young children –boy and girls. Most little kids can relate to the main character of this book and the parents can certainly feel Mommy’s pain! Plus, the book just might spark alternative ideas about turning a child’s attention back to the real world, so to speak.

Why should parents purchase your book for their kids?

It’s a fun family read. And the accompanying song will stick in your mind. Everyone will be singing it once they’ve heard it. The lyrics are included in the book and you can hear it for FREE at sybrina.com. In fact, I always write songs to go with all the books I’m involved with. It just makes reading that much more fun.

What are some of your other books?

I am the author of “Learn To Tie A Tie With The Rabbit And The Fox”. It is a new version of the age old mnemonic that follows a fox chasing a rabbit through the forest. They maneuver around a tree, under a bush, over a log until the rabbit flees away safely into his little rabbit hole. By the end, any youngster from ages 5 to 10, following along with the clever illustrations in the book, will have a neatly knotted tie to show for their efforts. It is available in English, Spanish and Tagalog at all online bookstores in print and ebook formats. The song is available in those 3 languages, too.

Do you ever co-write children’s book with anyone?

Yes, I co-write with Britt Brundige and Sandi Johnson. Check our graphic novel for kids, ages 10 and up. The “Legend of the Blue Unicorn” book is also available now at Amazon and soon will be sold at all online stores.

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