The Kidliterati Ten is an interview series with young readers. We ask them about a favorite book and hope that you enjoy their answers.Tell us a little about yourself: what is your first name, how old are you, and what is your favorite flavor of ice cream? My name is Eva. I'm 6 years old, and my favorite ice cream is vanilla!
What book did you read and why did you choose it? I read Samantha's Surprise (actually, my mommy read it to me because it's so long!). I wanted to read it because it was a book my mommy read when she was little.
Can you describe this book in one word? Christmas!
What was your favorite part of this story? My favorite part of the story is when Samantha gets her Christmas dress.
If you had a problem similar to the main character's problem, what would you do? Samantha had a problem liking Cordelia in this book. If that happened to me, I would try to get to know the person so I could like her.
What would you say to your best friend to convince them to read this book? I would tell her that it's a good story and it has pretty pictures in it.
What do you think about the book's cover? I love the cover. It's beautiful and it shows Samantha's new dress.
Would you want to read another book about these characters? Why or why not? Yes because it's a great story with really good illustrations.
Can you name another book that reminds you of this one? There are more books in this series, all with Samantha!
If you could ask the author one question about this book what would it be? I have a question for the illustrator instead -- how did you make the pictures so good?
The illustrator for the original edition of this book, Eileen Potts Dawson, passed away in 2017. She went to art school, and along with illustrating children's books, she also painted pictures of people's beloved pets, which you can see here.
Thank you for the interview, Eva!
You can find out more about Samantha's Surprise here.