Tuesday, October 25, 2016

October THINK QUICK with Author Maria Gianferrari


Hi Maria! Congrats on the release of OFFICER KATZ AND HOUNDINI:  A TALE OF TWO TAILS. I think we can all relate to getting stuck in the rut of a washed-up routine or not achieving our goals. All of the THINK QUICK themes below appear in your book.  Let’s see which way you lean.  Remember, THINK QUICK!

On Routines:
Press through or change it up?

Press through (but change it up occasionally) 

On Cat Naps:

Catch them often or ya snooze, ya loose?

Cat naps! Every day—it’s a form of meditation.

On Reaching Goals:
Plan & practice or throw in the towel when the end is near?

Plan & practice. Perseverance is key. Set small, accomplishable goals.

On Rivals:
Team up or take sides?

Team up. Writing, especially picture book writing = collaboration.

On Paw-parazzi:
Smile pretty or head for the hills?

Without a doubt, head for the hills & beyond!  

On Teamwork:
There’s a time and a place or teamwork always wins?

Teamwork always wins.

On Inventions:
Experiment or research first?

Research first. Then, experiment (then research again if it doesn’t work). 

On New Opportunities:

Seize the moment or take baby steps?

Seize the moment!

On the Kat’s Meow:
Officer Katz or Houndini?


On Books:
Officer Katz and Houndini or Officer Katz and Houndini?

Officer Katz & Houndini; Houndini & Officer Katz.

Thanks for THINKing QUICK with us, Maria!
Review (By Carrie Charley Brown):
What do you get when you cross a mystical hound with the Great Houdini? HOUNDini himself! (And one ornery crafty cat who wants to catch him!) Fighting like cats and dogs takes on a whole new meaning for this pair, and only something new and inventive might solve their squabbles. With a shout-out to creative thinking and teamwork, this tale gets two tails up!

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Monday, Oct. 17th:                 Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) THREE GIVEAWAYS: a query pass from the amazing Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary; picture book critique from me, and a copy of Officer Katz & Houndini!!
Tuesday, Oct. 18th:                Librarian’s Quest
Wednesday, Oct. 19th:           Bildebok
Thursday, Oct. 20th:              Mamabelly’s Lunches with Love
Friday, Oct. 21st:                    Pragmaticmom + THREE book giveaway
Monday, Oct. 24th:                 Homemade City
Tuesday, Oct. 25th:                ReFoReMo THINK QUICK Interview with Carrie Charley Brown

Photo Credit: Monogram Arts

Hot diggety dog! Maria Gianferrari’s a lucky dog—she gets to write stories about cats and dogs, and when she’s dog-tired, she can catnap in her office. Maria lives in northern Virginia with her cat’s meow of a family: her scientist husband, artist daughter, and top dog, Becca. She is the author of the Penny & Jelly books as well as Coyote Moon and the forthcoming Hello Goodbye Dog. To learn more about Maria, visit her website at mariagianferrari.com Facebook, and  Instagram.



  1. This book looks like so much fun - and such clever language! Congratulations!

  2. The fact that you love dogs makes you one of my favorite authors Maria! And I love your books. I too am a planner not a pantser (for the most part). Looking forward to reading OFFICER KATZ AND HOUNDINI: A TALE OF TWO TAILS. #mustlovedogs #justkeepwriting #justkeepwriting

    1. Hooray for dog lovers, Traci!! And you obviously are an animal lover in general, with all of the sweet creature pictures that you post on FB :). Me too!! And thank you for you very kind words!! <3

  3. Thanks so much for hosting me here, Carrie & Kirsti!!! :0 <3

    1. We're thrilled to have you on ReFoReMo! Can't wait to read this one!

  4. I so enjoy word play and this book is well done. congrats!

  5. Yay for Maria and Yay for teamwork, persistence and naps. ;)

  6. Wonderful interview. Shows how creative you are and why the book is so wonderful.

  7. Fabulous interview! Your books are amazing! Congrats!

  8. I'm with you on the naps, Maria! But I like long, lazy dog naps! :) Great interview!

    1. Becca takes all-day naps ;). I wouldn't get anything done, so I have to stick to the cat nap! :)

  9. Hooray for naps! And perseverance (I know about that).