“That’s the trouble with the real world. Too many people grow up.” – Walt Disney
Lou Brooks has been world-famous as an illustrator for a long time. Usually, illustrators draw pictures for other people. But with Twimericks, Lou gets to draw pictures for himself, which he finds to be much more fun!
Q: Why are you called "the world's oldest kid?"
A: Because I am, I suppose. Acting silly is fun. In fact, most of us are born that way! But when we get older, we're supposed to be a "grown-up." But that just means we've grown larger. I gave "acting grown up" a good try once, but it didn't work out. It was pretty boring. I'm encouraging everybody instead to be a "grown-smart."
Q: How did you come to write Twimericks?
A: When I first had the idea around 10 years ago, I just started fooling around and writing them for fun. I didn't have a name for them or anything like that. Later on, I thought that maybe there could be a book of them, but I wasn't sure.
Q: Why was that?
A: Because so many of us think of poetry as boring and unapproachable. When you say "poem" to someone, you might as well say "shriveled beets." Actually, "shriveled beets" sounds much more exciting. I even wrote a twimerick about them, which happens to be in the book.
Q: What changed your mind?
A: I realized that besides being fun to write and draw, Twimericks could be a great way to show that poetry can be more fun than a barrel of monkeys -- although I'm not sure just how much fun an actual barrel of monkeys would be! Hmm. I'll have to think about that. But every time you're listening to someone sing a song, you're hearing a poem of some sort. And a poem's a song... only without the notes.
Q: What is a typical day like for you when you're writing and drawing a book?
A: I like to stay up very late into the night and play. I don't know why people ever call it "work." Luckily, my wife likes to stay up too, or we'd hardly see one another. The rest of the world's asleep, so it's quiet. Ideas just seem to come more easily. Here's a little secret from a "grown smart" to you-- I also like to stay up late because I've always been told that I'm not supposed to!