Hugo and the Really, Really, Long String. You may also know that his idea for that story came from a walk where he saw power lines and wondered where they might lead...like a really, really, long string. However, our "Kids' Corner" reporters had a chance to find out some information that you may not know about the amazing Bob Boyle.
Reporters: Evan Dauksys, Jacob Ivey, and Evelyn Ivey
DID YOU KNOW?
- Bob's earliest reading memories are of his mom buying him books like Hairy the Dirty Dog, Lyle Lyle Crocodile, and Dr. Seuss stories.
- When talking about his family, we learned he has a younger sister. From his parents, he's like his dad because he's creative. His dad wanted to be an artist and would give Bob hand-drawn birthday cards every year. He's like his mom with his determination and discipline.
- One of Bob's favorite authors is Maurice Sendak.
- Walt Disney and Lance Armstrong are his heros!
- Bob loves the Beatles!
- He gets to write the lyrics for the shows and then music is put to it.
- Bob thinks the best part of writing books is creating new characters that are real and people can connect with. He likes making a "story out of nothing." Just like he did with the 5th graders at South Anna.
- It takes close to 9 months to make ONE eleven minute episode of a cartoon...from idea to finished cartoon.
- In the cartoon Wow!Wow!Wubbzy!, Bob is not Widget because he's not good with tools and most likely Wubbzy since he's fun. But without the tail of course.
- If Bob could go one place in the world it would be...into a Dr. Seuss book!
- One day Bob would like to visit Ireland (for his dad's family) and Finland (for his mom's family).
- In his spare time he likes to run and actually LOVES to work!
ALL ABOUT HUGO...
- It took Bob YEARS to make Hugo's story.
- There may possibly be another Hugo adventure!
- In Hugo, the customers look like Walden's face with Widget's ears (from Wubbzy), but it wasn't done on purpose. Do you see any other characters from his cartoons?
- Mr. Usagi (the rabbit noodle maker) got his name because "usagi" is the Japanese word for "rabbit!"
- Bob chose a red string for Hugo since it is a color that stands out. He chose underwear at the end of the story because it's so funny. We agree...it's VERY funny!
ADVICE FROM BOB...
- Bob's suggestion for people who want to write or illustrate is to WRITE and DRAW! A lot.
- A life lesson that Bob would share is...It's great to have dreams....take action. Nike has it right, "Just do it!"
|Evan with Bob|
|Evelyn and Jacob with Bob|
For the "Kids' Corner" reporters, spending time with Bob Boyle was life-changing. They look at books, illustrations, cartoons, and life in an entirely new way. Is there a book or experience like ours that has been life-changing for you? Share it with us! We'll write back.
Evan, Jacob, and Evelyn