‘Avocado Asks’, and so do we! Our interview with author Momoko Abe

Here at MakeBox HQ we love illustration, we love craft, and we LOVE avocados. So what could be better than an interview with author of the children’s book ‘Avocado Asks’? Momoko Abe sat down with us to discuss her creative process, and how she likes to get crafty in her own time.

But first, a bit about the book… Avocado is feeling just fine in the fruit and veg aisle at the supermarket – until a young customer asks a difficult question: “Is an avocado a fruit or a vegetable?” Avocado doesn’t know the answer either – and the question won’t seem to go away! It’s a brilliantly funny book about identity and being confident in your own skin – featuring the world’s most popular superfood! You can grab your copy of ‘Avocado Asks’ by Momoko Abe here.

Now, onto the interview with Momoko!

Head and shoulders shot of London-based Japanese author/illustrator Momoko Abe. She is softly smiling and her black hair is in two bigtails.

How did you create the illustrations for Avocado Asks?

I created all the illustrations in Avocado Asks by sketching outlines with pencils, scanning them into computer, then colouring in Photoshop.

What makes you feel creative or inspires you?

Using my hands. It could be drawing with pen and paper, cooking or assembling flat-packed furniture. I think using hands stimulates creative parts of brain.

What is your favourite thing about illustration?

The way illustration can help to tell stories. Sometimes, if you have good illustration, you don’t even need words to tell a story!

Do you have any other crafts you enjoy or want to get into?

I used to enjoy knitting and sewing when I was younger. I’d love to take them up again.

How can you get kids involved in being crafty?

When they start drawing, some kids, adults alike, get overwhelmed by the blank sheet of paper, not knowing where to start. I think colouring pages are a good place to start. So I’ve made some pages based on some spreads from Avocado Asks. Having a craft box where everything is included, like MakeBoxKIDS, also makes it easy for kids and parents.

Thank you to Momoko for answering all of our questions! We are thrilled to be doing a competition over on Instagram, giving away a copy of her book together with our first-ever MakeBoxKIDS, the ultimate craft box for children aged 4-8. Competition ends at midnight on Sunday 9th of August, so be sure to enter.

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