Posted in Author Meet Up, Meet the authors

Meet the author: Joe Spraga

Author website/social media: / @joespraga (Twitter)

Tell me a little about yourself:  I am a graduate of Western Michigan University, with a Bachelor’s of Arts in English (Creative Writing) and a Minor in Philosophy.

When you were my age, did you like to read?  Yes, very much.

What was your favorite story?  The Very Hungry Caterpillar – (this is really cool-)

How do you get your ideas?  My ideas honestly just pop into my head in a sing/song way. I have a very vivid/musical imagination.

Is it hard to write/illustrate a book?  If you just want to write a book, and you don’t know what about, it can be difficult. However, if you know what you want to write about, it’s easy. Of course we can always use practice to get better as we write/draw more and more. Although I did a series of paintings for my book, I hired a talented artist to take my paintings to a new level for the illustrations in my book.

Do you have a favorite among the books you have written/illustrated?  Just this one- The Snitch, The Witch, and The One Who Was Rich.

What author do you really like right now?  I am really into Oscar Wilde right now.

What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author?  Read a lot when you are young. When you are out and about just living your every day life, make those moments visual memories in your mind. Once you have a lot of memories, they will start to flow into a story with words, and you will find your voice!

Posted in Book Review

The Snitch, the Witch and the One who was Rich

By Joe Spraga

I wanted this book as soon as I saw it. I met Joe Spraga at the book event this past weekend. Mom made me walk the whole event before I could buy any books but I went right back to get this one.

This book is about a Snitch (a bird), a Witch and the One who was Rich (a King). They were all mean. They and their friends go visit Father Time to ask how to change themselves. They learn how to tell time and not waste it since once time is gone, it is gone. Time waits for no one. As a result, they become nicer.

I like that the book shows to value time and you will have more friends if don’t be mean. I love the illustrations. They are detailed and every one of the characters has it’s own unique detail.

I recommend this to people who want to learn not to be mean. And to people who need a funny laugh. Caution this is a big book so not for little kids unless a grownup is nearby.