Andy Stanton on yellow snow and prehistoric sharks
Barnes Children’s Literature Festival: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Andy Stanton: ‘Watch out where the huskies go and don’t you eat the yellow snow’ – Frank Zappa
BCLF: And the worst?
AS: I don’t remember bad advice. Once I’ve turned it over in my squishy little brains and decided it’s not for me, I invariably forget all about it.
BCLF: My favourite word is…
BCLF: My greatest fear is…
AS: That an absolutely enormous prehistoric shark, probably a Megalodon, is zooming up towards me from a vast underground ocean beneath wherever I happen to be situated at any given moment and that it will burst through the floor and the last thing I’ll see is this huge open mouth lined with six-inch-long serrated triangular teeth.
BCLF: My hidden talent is…
AS: I can waggle the tendon in my left ankle just by thinking about it. It’s horrible.
BCLF: Favourite book as a child?
AS: ‘The Eighteenth Emergency’ by Betsy Byars
BCLF: Who is your favourite literary villain?
AS: Randall Flagg or Pennywise – both Steven King creations so not recommended for my general readership just yet.
BCLF: Tell us a joke…
AS: A man walks into a pub. Ouch! It was an iron pub.