Today I am happy to share my interview with Michal Babay, author of I’M A GLUTEN-SNIFFING SERVICE DOG, illustrated by Ela Smietanka. We have bonded over dogs, writing, children, and our Judaism. As you’ll see she’s incorporated all of those things into her recent release and her newly announced book. So happy for both of these books.
Michal is offering one lucky winner a copy of her book, I’M A GLUTEN-SNIFFING SERVICE DOG, illustrated by Ela Smietanka.
What were you like at the age of your target audience?
I loved stuffed animals, dolls, books, and (of course) dogs! I used to hide under the table with a pile of books and our family dog. It was my special cave of books and joy!
What inspires you?
I love finding the funny in everyday life. No matter how difficult or scary a situation may be, I’m always able to find something absurdly amusing. It may be completely unfunny to anyone else, but that’s ok. Just knowing I can make myself laugh inspires me to keep going, no matter what life has decided to throw in my path.
What do you hope readers take away from your book?
My big hope for this book is that readers understand how serious this autoimmune disease actually is. I also hope readers understand how essential, but terribly difficult, it is for people with celiac disease to stay 100% gluten free for their entire life.
What can we look forward to next?
I just announced a new book with Charlesbridge, illustrated by the fabulous Paula Cohen. It’s called The Incredible Shrinking Lunchroom, and it’s a modern revision of the classic Yiddish folktale It Could Always Be Worse. My version is a wild adventure that takes place in chaotic lunchroom of Parley Elementary. I also have another project in the works that I can’t wait to announce in the future!
To connect with Michal and learn more about her books:
Twitter @MicBabay, Instagram @micbabay, website Michalbabay.com