Tuesday, September 1, 2020

THINK QUICK with Kirsti Call and Corey Rosen Schwartz

Hi Kirsti and Corey! Happy Book Birthday to Mootilda’s Bad Mood! We are thrilled to celebrate with you today! I love the themes of perseverance and emotional regulation that run through your story. All of the THINK QUICK themes below appear in your book.  Let’s see which way you lean.  Remember, THINK QUICK!

On Bad Moods:
Ignore or Embrace?

Kirsti: Embracing a bad mood and accepting it is my favorite way to turn my frown upside down.

Corey: Embrace by yelling, “I’m in a bad mooooooooooood!”

On Cows:
Personally experienced or loved them from afar?

Kirsti: My grandfather grew up on a dairy farm and filled my mind with many mooovelous cow facts.

Corey:  When my son was little, he was obsessed with farms.  If I didn’t take him, he’d have a cow!

On Mistakes:
Brush them off or take them to heart?

Kirsti: I prefer to learn from them and then moooooove on.

Corey:  Everyone makes moo-stakes.

On Parental Encouragement:
Helicopter or Free-Range?

Kirsti: I’m more of a middle of the pasture parent.

Corey:   Free-range.

On Failure:
Jump right back in or take a break?

Kirsti: I’m a fan of getting right back on the cow.

Corey:  Depends on my mood.

On Support Groups/Friends:
Cow-miserate together or handle things alone?

Kirsti: Cow-miserating is the best.

Corey:  Easy one.  Cow-miserate!

On Belly Flops:
The worst or laughable?

Kirsti: Cow-tastrohic!

Corey:  Ca-lamb-itous!

On Laughter:
The best medicine or a temporary bandage?

Kirsti: Laughter cures all ills!

Corey:  Best medicine ever!

On Trying New Things:
Never too late to learn or stick with what you do best?

Kirsti: It’s never too late to learn.

Corey:  Never too late!

On Books:
Mootilda’s Bad Mood or Mootilda’s Bad Mood?

Kirsti: Mootilda, of course!

Corey:   Over the moon for everyone to meet Mootilda!

Thank you for sharing with us, ladies! It's so wonderful to celebrate with one of our own!  

For a closer look at Mootilda, enjoy my review! You can also learn more about Kirsti, Corey, and Mootilda on their blog tour:

August 17   The Story Behind the Story

August 19   Grog

August 24    Kidlit Oasis

August 28    deborahkalb.com

September 1 ReFoReMo

September 1 Picture Book Look Podcast

September 2  Future Bookworms

September 4  Perfect Picture Book Friday 

September 10  https://www.nancychurnin.com/

September 12 Will Writer For Cookies

September 15  Writer’s Rumpus

September 25 Mining for the Heart

Kirsti Call is the co-coordinator of ReFoReMo. She reads, reviews, revises and critiques every day as a 12x12 elf, a blogger for Writers' Rumpus, and a member of critique groups. She's judged the CYBILS award for fiction picture books since 2015. Kirsti's picture book, MOOTILITA'S BAD MOOD (Little Bee) debuts fall 2020.  COW SAYS MEOW (HMH) and COLD TURKEY (Little Brown) release in 2021. Kirsti is represented by Emma Sector at Prospect Agency.

@kirsticall (instagram)
Kirstine Erekson Call (facebook)
@kirsticall (Twitter)

Corey Rosen Schwartz is the author of THE THREE NINJA PIGS and several other rhyming picture books and fractured fairy tales. Corey has no formal ninja training, but she sure can kick butt in Scrabble. She lives with three Knuckleheads in Warren, NJ.

Twitter: @CoreyPBNinja


  1. Omg ladies, this interview is so fantastic! Thanks for all the great puns and happy book birthday, Kristi and Corey! Thanks Reforemo for the greatSgreat interview! Kaitlyn Leann

  2. Happy Book Birthday!

    I This is such a fun interview!

  3. Very fun! Happy Book Birthday!! 🎁 🎂

  4. Happy Book Birthday!!! Review is all queued up and ready to moooooo!!!

  5. Happy Book Birthday Kirsti and Corey! Feeling moo-licious about reading your new book!

  6. Very fun. Thank you, all. Congratulations!

  7. Cowabunga, this was fun! Congrats from Colorado!

  8. Fun interview! I love the word plays. Too punny!