As part of our series of exclusive interviews with the upcoming sidekicks of “Hooray, Adam! You Did It!”, the new personalized book for kids all about celebrating their first milestones, we had the exquisite pleasure of having a chat with Mrs. Hootwit, an incredibly well-educated and sagacious owl. She’s as smart as a whip, but sometimes she gets her wires crossed and gets a little confused with all that book-learning stored up in that noggin of hers. So we hope you enjoy the interview as much as we did!
HH: Mrs. Hootwit, thank you for taking the time to speak with us. How are you doing today?
MH: Exponentially well, exponentially well! It’s such a delight to be here. Although, to be frank, I did get a little lost on my way over here. And you’d think an owl’s inner GPS would be more reliable! but that’s ok. As I was meandering my way, trying to find and locate Hooray Studios, I discovered some really beautiful scenery along the way. And you know, as they say, it’s not about the destination, but the scenery that’s important!
HH: Well, we’re sorry you got a little turned around.
MH: Oh it’s nothing! I find myself lost all the time, but one who might be lost is never not found, or one who is found might not be lost, or is lost, or isn’t found, or those who wander are lost, or aren’t they? Wait, I’VE GOT IT! I found me right where I left me! There we go. Remember if at first you don’t succeed, learn as much as you can as to why, then try again!
HH: Wise words to live by! So, Mrs. Hootwit, tell us a little bit more about yourself. We’d like to who we have in front of us in our studios today.
MH: My life has been eventful, to say the least! I’ve always been an eager owl, even as an owlet. I was, and still am, and Ovid reader, sorry, avid reader, and did my best to keep up with the other owlets at owl school, but I learned at my own pace. The others teased me a bit for this, but their tepid taunts only served to steel my determination to become the smartest, wisest owl I could, so I haven’t put down my books since then! Indeed, my home away from home is the library.
HH: It’s refreshing to hear! Obviously we love books as well. So books are your main passion. Is there anything else you thoroughly enjoy?
MH: CHEERLEADING! I absolutely love cheerleading! Give me an M! Give me a N! Give me an E! Give me an M! Give me O! Give me a N! Give me an I! Give me a C! What does that spell? MNEMONIC! I use it to help me remember things! Pretty cool, eh? And, because children deserve everything fundamentally great, heh, I just keep learning, minding no previous quandary, returning simply to understanding, vicariously wishing xenophilia, yeasayerness, zephyrness. And alphabetical lists. They go hand in hand!
HH: Whoa. That’s incredibly impressive! it’s obvious you’re an incredibly well-educated owl. Do you hav any wisdom you could share with us that you’ve pick up along the way?
MH: Absolutely! The wisdom you learn is only as good as the wisdom you share, and who better to share with than friends? And I’m wise enough to know that my friends are the best! I’ve taught them a thing or two, for sure, but I’m always thirsty for more knowledge and wisdom. Did you know philosopher means one who loves knowledge? It’s Greek, like Homer. He wrote the Iliad and 2001: A Space Odyssey, you know? I think his last name was Simpson, too…
HH: We’ll just have to take your word for it. So just a couple of quick questions to finish up here. What’s your favorite food, Mrs. Hootwit?
MH: Easy one! Brain-boosting smoothies. With a few dark chocolate chips for the antioxidants, of course.
HH: Nice! Do you have a favorite color?
MH: All the colors! They’re just light-waves being refracted back to us, so I don’t like to choose!
HH: Last one: what’s your favorite movie?
MH: Well, I much prefer books to movies. You know, I have a great idea. They should really turn some of these movies into books! Could be a big business in that!
HH: …hmmm… yeah, you’re probably right. Anyways, thank you very much for your time, Mrs. Hootwit! it’s been a pleasure speaking with you!
MH: The pleasure was all mine! I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned with a bright, eager young boy or girl as they begin to learn all about the world around them! We might even get some cookies together! Oh wait!! I gotta run!! I left the cookie jar open!! Can you believe it, a jar??