Questions for Dr. Qooz

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Why is Gerrie the Giraffe standing upside down in the book, “Who Are You”?

Caleb 7, Blackrock AR

Dr.Qooz Answer:

Caleb, Gerrie was in a strange place and did not know anyone there. He felt so awkward and out of place that he stood as low as he could with his head between his legs because he thought if he looked the same height as everyone else that they would not notice how different he was from them.

Why does Zora the Zebra have a rainbow colored mane in, “Fargone Series”?

Timmy 5, Memphis TN

Dr.Qooz Answer:

Timmy, Zora thought she would like to dye her hair and she liked it. Her friends liked it, but her parents did not. However, when you dye your hair a different color it takes almost a half a year for it to turn back to the original color so Zora just kept dying it rainbow colors.

Where did Believe-A-Bill the bus get his name in “Where Are We”?

Jenna 8, Dothan AL

Dr.Qooz Answer:

Jenna, Believe-A-Bill the Bus was Billy Buss the story teller. Billy Buss told so many stories that he eventually was put on Groundation by his parents. He could not leave home without his parents. Billy Buss’ stories were so wild, nobody believed anything he said. No one trusted Billy Buss. Billy Buss’ stories always got him or his friends in trouble.  While at home alone Billy Buss began to read about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln always telling the truth.

Billy Bus vowed to always tell the truth and never tell a lie again. Billy Bus became well thought of and was welcomed everywhere he went. One day the Headmaster Bus called Billy Bus in front of all the little Buses and gave him a Good Citizenship Award for his Honesty, Common Sense and good citizenship helping others.

The Headmaster Bus declared from this day forward, Billy Bus the Story Teller shall be known as Believe-A-Bill the Bus! When Believe-A-Bill was asked to speak, he said I only have one thing to say, “When you tell the truth you never have to remember what you said the first time!”

What does the 2212 Imagination Street address represent?

Mary Ann, parent of 3 boys under 9. Ft. Meyers, FL

Dr.Qooz Answer:

When the idea of a perfect logo was being considered, many ideas were suggested and gradually the concept of reading children that were aged 2 to 12 years old, reading the Fargone Series was ideal. So 2 to 12 morphed into 2212.

Imagination Street is not a physical address that you find with GPS. Imagination Street is pinpointed with MSR (mentally stimulated reading)  and can technically be called the shortest street in the world but the longest street in the galaxy. Although Imagination Street is in near constant motion, it never moves any further than the 5 inches between your ears.

Is the Car in “Tree to Twelve” a made up cartoon car or real car?

Ellen, parent, York, England

Dr.Qooz Answer:

Ellen, the little red car was drawn to resemble a 1961 Porsche 356 B Cabriolet. The 1961 Porsche 356 B remains a very popular car almost 60 years after it’s debut. The artist felt this car best represented the whimsical vehicle to take a Trip to Twelve to “for-member” lane.

The little red car takes on a character of its own, with expressions and no driver as if the children might be playing in Dad’s car while it is standing still. The car seems to be able to elevate the imagination of its riders to reality.

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What is a Chapbook?

Angela, 5, Dover-Foxcroft ME

Dr.Qooz Answer:

A chapbook is a small publication of poems, usually under 40 pages. Chapbooks were so called because they were sold by street peddlers known as chapmen. Chap comes from Old English for trade, so a chapman was literally a salesman of books.

Why did you choose a Dalmation in the ABC With You and Me book?

Amy, 6, Churchill MT

Dr.Qooz Answer:

Dalmatian dogs are named after the Adriatic coast of Dalmatia, in Croatia. Dalmatian dogs are credited for being bred as a hunting and protector dog from Croatia. The Dalmatians were originally bred toDalmatian guard coaches and horses, this protective instinct remains true today, making them great companion dogs.
My friend and illustrator, Irena Urosevic, of Dr. Qooz’ books lives in Croatia. I felt that it would be more than proper to represent the pride of Croatia, Dalmatians, with her work.
The origins of this breed can be traced back to Croatia and its historical region of Dalmatia.
In the 1800s, when horses pulled fire engines, Dalmatian dogs began their long association with firefighters. Today, Dalmatians accompany the Budweiser Clydesdales in parades.
During their long history, these “coach dogs” have accompanied the horse-drawn rigs of nobles, travelers, and firefighters.

 

Blue moon

Is there really such a thing as a blue moon?

Reggie, 8, Lynden, WA

Dr.Qooz Answer:

The moon can be seen in a variety of hues and colors. Certain atmospheric phenomena causes the moon to appear a variety of colors, ‘blueish’ is one of those colors.

The Moon does not have any light of its own—it shines because its surface reflects sunlight. That reflected sunlight may go thru a ‘filter’ of sorts, when you view it.

Smoke from wildfires sometimes hundreds of miles away, dust from sand storms, volcanic eruptions across the globe, even an eclipse can make the moon appear various colors.

Also note: a “blue moon” is referred to as the rare occurrence of a second “full moon” that happens in a calendar month.