Tuesday, May 8, 2018

THINK QUICK with Author Casey W. Robinson

Hi Casey! I love how your debut picture book, Iver and Ellsworth, draws us in with a story of unlikely friendship.  

On rooftop bears: 
Friend or Foe?

Friend! A rooftop bear is the friendliest sort of bear. 

On dust jackets:
Love them or leave them?

Love them... Except when there are mysteries hidden underneath (hint, hint)

On lunches:
Hummus on whole wheat, or P B and J? 

PB&J on whole wheat 

On friendship:

A few good friends or many good friends? 

Many good friends, plus a few great ones 

On unlikely friendship:

Yay or Nay?

Yay, definitely. Unlikely friendships can be the most fun stories to tell 

On taking care of others:

All seasons or seasonally?

All seasons, though how you take care of others could vary seasonally

On support: 

Tug the ropes, or let them go free? 

Tug the ropes on what keeps you grounded & steady 

On Adventure:
New somewhere or familiar view?

Though I'm a creature of habit and familiar views recharge me, new somewheres can spark imagination and inspiration 

On moving on:
Stay put or move on?

Move on --  endless adventures await

On Satisfying endings:
Predictable or twist? 


On books:
Iver and Ellsworth or Iver and Ellsworth? 

Iver & Ellsworth :) 

Thank you, Casey!  And as an added bonus, here's how Casey was inspired to write the story: 

The idea for Iver & Ellsworth came during a road trip with my family. We drove down the highway past the inflatable Polar Seltzer bear, which is perched atop the Polar Seltzer factory in Worcester. I wondered whether that bear had any friends... *story idea is born* 

Review of Iver and Ellsworth, by Kirsti Call

"Everyone's going somewhere," he says. "We can see the whole world from up here. That's enough somewhere for me!"'

This book's lyrical language and whimsical illustrations explore the friendship of an old man and a giant inflatable bear. I love how Casey Robinson and Melissa Larson show the close relationship of these two characters without the bear ever saying a word. The illustrations truly enhance the text in this story about quiet adventure, finding a new somewhere, and keeping important friendships along the way. 

Casey W. Robinson grew up in Maine and used to keep a shoebox of favorite words and phrases under her bed. She graduated from Amherst College with a degree in English and now lives with her family just outside of Boston, Massachusetts in a yellow house overflowing with books. IVER & ELLSWORTH is her debut picture book. You can connect with her at www.CaseyWRobinson.com or on Instagram (@cwrobinson) or Twitter (@CaseyWRobinson). 


  1. Love how you got the idea for this, Casey. Stories are truly everywhere!

  2. This one is on my TBR list. It sounds wonderful! Love the inspiration from the seltzer bear! Ha!

  3. Congrats, Casey. I look for to reading your story :)

  4. Growing up near Worcester, I was always intrigued by that bear, but never thought to write about him (her?). So glad you're telling the story! (And happy that the bear shares my name.)

  5. Look forward to reading this story. Love the cover art.

  6. So cute! I love the idea of this book! Can't wait to read it! Congratulations!

  7. Thank you Casey, for sharing your answers to our THINK QUICK interview!

  8. Congrats on your debut PB! Can't wait to read it!