Ask The Author

Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet X

How long did it take you to come up with the rhymes? Do you have a method for creating them? If so what is your method? Amelia, 14

I find some aspects of writing much more difficult than others - for instance, I always struggle with getting a plot to work smoothly and convincingly. On the other hand, writing ridiculous rhymes is something that I've always found quite easy - they just spring into my mind - and it was great to get the opportunity to fill a book with them! I don't suppose I'll ever be able to use that 'skill' again...

Why did you make the wimblies rhyme when they speak? Peter, 13

I liked the contrast between sensible Fidge and the deeply silly Land of Wimbley Woo, and the frustrations of trying to have a proper conversation with creatures who can only speak in rhyming couplets, just made me laugh and helped the plot along.

Does Fidge ever give the pink Wimbley Woo a hug? Daniel, 12

Yes! Right at the end, when colour has been restored to The Land of Wimbley Woo, 'a Pink with blue-and-grey streaks and an enormous grin' strides up to Fidge and gives her a 'rib-crushing hug'. It's the original Pink, now multi-coloured and newly confident!

Did you ever have a wed wabbit of your own? Tilly, 12

No, but my mother used to make wonderful corduroy rabbits with trousers and long, stiff ears, and I think they were in the back of my mind when I described Wed Wabbit's appearance.

How did you come up with how Minnie spoke? What inspired you? It’s a really great book! Chris, 14

Thanks Chris. I think I came up with the name 'Wed Wabbit' first, and then worked backwards to the child who gave him that name. Also, there is a very funny character in a film called 'Monty Python's Life of Brian' who can't pronounce his 'r's and the joy of that stayed in my head since I saw it as a teenager.