A Puppy, Not a Guppy: Interview with Noah

Welcome back to our little part of the blog-o-sphere. Noah and I are teaming up again to help our friend Holly Jahangiri with the launch of her latest book, A Puppy, Not a Guppy.

Now, you do want to read all the way to the end because there is a contest you can enter for your own AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF THE BOOK! Read on….

Last time Holly released one of her wildly successful books–and if we still talk about it at our house a year later, then it’s a huge success–(oh yeah, she did sell a bunch, too! Go buy Trockle here if you have a kiddo afraid of monsters), Noah interviewed Trockle, the monster the book is named after.

We decided to do something a bit different this time.

Keep reading for information about that contest….

Go grab a cup of your favorite hot chocolate and snuggle in your favorite chair. Go ahead. We’ll wait. Ours is heating up too.

*la la la la la la la, la la la la LA lalalalalalalala* Ding!

Oh, you’re back. Great. Let’s get started.

Noah and I read the book together. Then we talked about how to help Holly again and decided that I would interview Noah this time.

Here’s what we’re talking about:

Susan: I’m Noah’s mom.

Noah: She’s my mom. I’m 7.

Susan: Noah, tell me about A Puppy, Not a Guppy.

Noah: Puppies are outdoor pets.

Susan: Says who?

Noah: Because they can tear up furniture. They can come inside if they are trained.

Susan: Did you like the book?

Noah: Yes.

Susan: *laughing* OK, why?

Noah: Because it’s awesome and I like fish and dogs. And I have fish.

Susan: Want to tell our readers about our fish?

Noah: Yes! We have big fish and little fish. We have barbs. (What are they called mom?) Oh yeah, rosy barbs and yellow barbs that are kind of like guppies.

Susan: Talk about Irma’s fish.

Noah: They learned a trick by passing a stick in the water.

Susan: Did Irma even want fish at the beginning of the book? Why?

Noah: No, because she didn’t like fish. She wanted a puppy.

Susan: Do you think she liked her guppies by the end of the book? Think she still wanted a puppy?

Noah: Yes. And no, she didn’t want a puppy at the end.

Susan: I saw you at our fish tank trying to get our fish to follow your finger. How did that go?

Noah: No. Our fish just swam.

Susan: Think we should get some guppies? Would you like to train them?

Noah: Yes, and yes.

Susan: Think we should get a puppy? What would Daddy say?

Noah: Yes, and Daddy would say no.

Susan: Maybe one day we can have guppies and puppies in our house. Until then, we’ll just have to enjoy your pictures. Tell me about it.

Noah: It’s Irma’s room.


And now a word from our sponsor:

The Contest

Prizes (two will be awarded): One autographed copy of A Puppy, Not a Guppy.

Contest Rules

To enter, leave a comment at http://jahangiri.us/books containing verifiable evidence that you have completed one or more of the following activities:

  • A link back to one or more of the other blogs that Irma and her Guppies have visited.
  • A short review of http://jahangiri.us/books or http://jahangiri.us/news on Alexa.com ( http://www.alexa.com/reviews/jahangiri.us )
  • A question for one of the characters in Trockle or A Puppy, Not a Guppy
  • A question for the author, Holly Jahangiri
  • Answer to the question: What kind of pet do you like best, and why?
  • Either of the following:
    • Blog about A Puppy, Not a Guppy (be sure to include, in your own blog post, a link back to http://jahangiri.us/books and a link to this blog; or
    • If you already own a copy of Trockle or A Puppy, Not a Guppy, you may complete this activity by posting a new review of either book on BarnesandNoble.com or Amazon.com. (NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Previously posted book reviews are not eligible as contest entries in this contest.)

Each activity equals one (1) entry, and you may do each activity once for a possible maximum of six (6) entries per valid email address. Your comment must be entered using a valid email address so that you can be contacted for mailing info if you win! Entries that do not have a valid email address will be considered null and void.

Duration: Contest begins at 12:01 AM on December 9, 2009 and ends at 11:59 PM on December 15, 2009. Winners will be drawn on December 16, 2009.

Eligibility: Contest is open to anyone age 13 or older. Tour hosts are eligible to enter.

Winners: Two winners will be randomly chosen (numbered in the order in which they are received, with the winning number chosen at http://www.random.org/ ) from all qualifying entries, and will be required to provide a physical mailing address in order to collect a prize (one free book). Only one entrant per household is eligible to win. If a second entrant from a single household is chosen, another name will be drawn until all prizes are awarded.

Contest void where prohibited by law.

That be the end of the contest. What fun! Go enter now!

Feel free to post comments & questions for Holly, Irma, Irma’s fish, Noah, Susan, and their fish. We’ll be around all day (except the kids during school hours)!

And last but not least,


Directly from 4RV Publishing at http://4rvpublishingllc.com/Childrens_Books.html (always the best choice to buy from the publisher. Check for Holiday sales!)

Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/Puppy-Not-Guppy-Holly-Jahangiri/dp/0984070850

Barnes and Noble at http://search.barnesandnoble.com/A-Puppy-Not-a-Guppy/Holly-Jahangiri/e/9780984070855/?itm=1

(there are no referral fees paid to me from these links)

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16 comments for “A Puppy, Not a Guppy: Interview with Noah

  1. December 15, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Hey, where is everyone! It’s lonely here. *goes looking for some mocha*

    OK, I’m back. I guess I’ll read a bit and watch my fish.

    Welcome everyone!!!

  2. December 15, 2009 at 11:34 am

    What a lovely post! I could just imagine Noah and mommy Susan having the conversation. i just wish I could listen to the live version of this. he he he.

    Noah, are you an architect? Irma’s room looks so beautiful, what a talented kid, I mean young man, you are. And very smart too!

    Susan, I think the people are just stretching their legs before they race here. I just got an early start (or late but ran fast LOL)

    Irma, what do you think about your room?


  3. December 15, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Free hot chocolate and coffee for everyone! Cookies too!

    There, that should get them here, I hope. Glad you could visit, Zorlone.

  4. December 15, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Holly is a talented author, and this is another book that I’m sure will go far!

  5. December 15, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    *waves* Hi Crys!

  6. December 15, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    I left a comment before work! Did it get eaten by the comment monsters? They’re mischievous and not nearly as well behaved as Trockle. Shame on them! Irma is still at school and hasn’t seen Noah’s wonderful illustration, yet, but I can just imagine her surprise. She’s going to wonder WHEN and HOW he saw it, and why he didn’t stick around to play.

    You’re a pretty good interviewer, yourself, Susan – and you have the coolest interviewee, though he seems to be a little more reserved when the spotlight’s turned on HIM. Your son is multitalented, I see – not only does he dig up interesting tidbits in his interviews, but he’s a budding illustrator, as well! (I am such a sucker for kids who are inspired to draw pictures based on my stories. I’m just tickled pink and purple by this. Thank you, Noah!)

    Susan, how did you know I needed hot coffee and cookies? Chocolate later, when I can taste it better – I have a bad case of the snuffles. Thank you so much for hosting my book, my characters (oh, yes, you’ll not get off this easily – the little terror that is Irma on candy-canes will no doubt grab my laptop and insist on putting in a personal appearance after school), and me.

    I think I’ll just curl up over here by the fireplace and wrap my fingers around a mug of hot coffee, if you don’t mind. It’s so nice here!

  7. December 15, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Did someone say “cookies”? “Hot chocolate”? I am SO there! Thank you, Miss Susan! Hi, Noah! WHOA. When were you in my room?? That’s a really good picture. hehehe…I was gonna draw a unicorn jumping over the rainbow and put glitter on it, but changed it to a puppy. (You know I still want a puppy, right? But not a kitty. A kitty might try to eat my fishies. I was just kidding about the kitty when I sang The Twelve Days of Christmas, Irma Style, yesterday.) You think I have enough heart stickers on my stuff? Is that my cowboy monkey over there by the alarm clock? He’s usually jumping on the bed. And I don’t have a volcano in my fish tank – YET. But what a GREAT IDEA, Noah!! Hey, Miss Holly, think Santa would bring me a volcano for my aquarium? Not a real one, since that would make the water too hot, but maybe one with a red light inside that made it look like it was gonna erupt? (You don’t think that would scare the fish, do you? I mean, they’re smart and all, but maybe not THAT smart…)

    Oh, yum – great cookies, Miss Susan, did you and Noah bake them? And the hot chocolate is yummy – I love the teeny tiny marshmallows. How’d you know?

  8. December 15, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Wow! Chocolates, cookies, and coffee… I’d love to have some!

    ::eats:: ::drinks:: ::bites::

    Yummy! Thank you for the freebies!


  9. December 15, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Oh Irma, Noah will be sorry he missed you. We ran errands after school and he’s getting ready for bed right now. I’ll be sure to read him your comments tomorrow. He’ll be so excited. It was just a crazy day today. I had no idea I’d be gone so long myself. Sheesh…I’m tired!

    And Holly, you awake over there? Noah is already asking when he can do this again. Better get busy!!!!

  10. December 15, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Hey Holly, I double checked the spam queue and your first comment didn’t get lost in there. Don’t know where it wandered off too. Maybe I didn’t have the munchies out early enough and it wandered off to another blog. Darn comments, just like the animals in FarmVille, wandering around where they will. LOL

    *puts out a hay bale to attract more comments*

  11. December 15, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    To be honest, I spent most of the day in bed, sleeping, but I did finally find my way here to say hello.

    Holly is a talented author, and Ryan an talented illustrator.

  12. December 15, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Hey, good cookies to enjoy a good story, sounds like a plan. Irma’s as told to her scribe, Miss Holly. Thanks for a joyous week sharing Irma’s journey across the country blog by blog. And Noah’s cool artwork ~ Mr. Ryan, you’ve got some creative company in the art studio! Now for some more yummy cocoa (in my coffee) and then some writing! Thanks all, for allowing me to share in the fun! Write On!

  13. Liz Smith
    December 15, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    I am very psyched about this book, and Hooper and Josh liked Noah’s interview as well!

  14. December 16, 2009 at 3:21 am

    That’s a great interview with Noah about his reaction to A Puppy, Not a Guppy. With a bonus illustration to boot.

    Oh and thanks for the coffee and cookies. 🙂

  15. December 16, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Thanks, everyone, for coming to visit. We had tons of fun. There are still plenty of cookies and hot chocolate and books to buy. Enjoy!

  16. December 17, 2009 at 4:30 am

    A young boy’s thoughts about the book is indeed vital. Boys, are sometimes, very hard to please. It takes all the ingenuity of a mother to be able to enlist their participation. I can see that the book had sparked Noah’s. It just goes to show that it’s a good book for everyone.

    Thanks for an original and very inspiring post.

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