Author I.L. Williams just recently released her first children's book for Kindle, 'Bing & Nero: Boy + Robot = Fun.' Find out a little bit more about her and this popular title.
What was the inspiration behind this book?
This book is a bedtime story I made up for my 5year-old son. He loves robots! He wanted to hear the story again and again. I decided I would have some illustrations made and have it bound at a local printer as a Christmas present for him. As you can see, things got out of hand.
What is it about robots that is so appealing to young children? (I know the kids in my class are often playing robots!)
They can be obsessed! Maybe it is the idea of a metallic being that is human-like yet not at all human. That and the cool abilities they can have, like flying.
What is your own experience with robots?
My experience with robots is limited to watching the Transformers and hanging out with my son on weekends at the technical museum. They have a robot there that makes an appearance once or twice a day to roll about and talk to the kids. Naturally, my son means that this cannot be missed.
If you could create the ultimate robot friend, how would you do it? What kind of robot would it be?
For me, a robot that cleans the house would be heavenly. And if it could also manage some dinner, I´d really be impressed. And of course flying on the back of a robot would make the commute into town kind of cool.
What are some ways we can instill a love of reading in children?
The best way is to read to them as early as possible –and to make reading time cozy and inviting. And to involve them in selecting the books at the library or bookstore. If they choose it, they will be invested in reading it.
How can we promote creativity in young children?
I think most kids are creative by nature. Give them the tools for creativity, take them places that inspire, ask interesting questions and get out of the way.
Do you have any other projects in the works?
I have already written the second book in the “Bing & Nero” series and am about to send the story over to the illustrator. The third story is already taking shape. Otherwise, there is a novel I am burning to write about a little-known historical figure, but I wonder when I will find the time.
You live in Norway. What are some of the best destinations for visitors?
Some of the best destinations are far outside of Oslo. The beautiful fjords toward the North and the beautiful villages on the rocky coastline of the South are amazing. The season has a lot to say about where you should visit, of course. But it is the nature of Norway that is the most impressive. This is why so many Norwegians have at least one cabin and use it year-round.
What is something readers may be surprised to learn about you?
That I have the heart and soul of a hermit. I live out in the countryside and enjoy best the days when the house is deserted and the only other beings I encounter for 24 hours or more are the deer robbing my garden –and the cat trying to work up his nerve to attack them.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Just that I am enjoying my book adventure. It feels great to have actually joined the author club, and to have my book in the hands of actual kids who enjoy it. It is definitely the start of something I will enjoy for a long time.
Thank you so much for your time!
About BING & NERO:
“The perfect story for everyone who has ever wanted their own robot.”
Share a day with an inventive young boy in a story that celebrates creativity, friendship and fun.
Bing wants a dog. But his mother says a dog is out of the question. What´s a young boy in need of a friend to play with on a boring Saturday morning to do? Why, make his own friend! And what a friend his new creation is!
The product of Bing´s rich imagination and household junk from the basement, Nero is a metallic wonder. From the moment he is switched on, the house is filled with fun! And when they take to the sky for a late afternoon flight, boy and robot are in for a joyous ride that celebrates their friendship.
This debut book from I.L. Williams gives young readers an opportunity to share an exciting experience many dream of with a young boy in a story that showcases creativity, friendship and fun. An excellent book with vibrant illustrations, for parents and children to enjoy together.
Target age group: 3-7
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