Peter Brown: Let’s Get Busy, Episode 247

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The Wild Robot

Peter Brown (@itspeterbrown), author/illustrator of The Curious Garden, Children Make Terrible Pets, and Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, and now debut middle grade author of The Wild Robot, stops by the podcast to talk about paying attention to wording and phrasing, telling the story as efficiently as possible, and certain subjects you can’t avoid.

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Peter Brown‘s homepage
Curious Garden song by EmilY Arrow

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Matthew Winner


Matthew Winner is an elementary library media specialist in Elkridge, Maryland. He is is the co-founder and content director of All The Wonders, a children’s literature website and more, and host of the Let's Get Busy podcast, a weekly podcast where Matthew talks to authors, illustrators, award winners, up-and-comers, and everyone in between. In 2013 Matthew was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker and was invited to the White House as part of the Champions of Change program. For more information, connect with Matthew on Twitter at @MatthewWinner .


  1. Great episode with Peter Brown. I’ve listened to a few episodes now. Introduced by talented illustrator, Corey Tabor. I taught 3rd grade for many years, and am now on a “hiatus” to write. I enjoy hearing vicariously about the kids (though am very much enjoying the rest).

    Keep up the great, passionate work!

  2. Peter, flat out—you’re BRILLIANT! I’ve loved your picture books and admired your work and work ethic for years, but when I heard you wrote a NOVEL I got SO excited! The fact that you took that leap made me so happy and yesterday, when I saw it on the shelf I picked it up instantly. I flipped open the cover and began reading, standing there in the aisle leaning on the shelves, and was immediately drawn in. I didn’t want to stop reading! I LOVE when that happens! πŸ˜€ Your writing voice is absolutely fantastic and I’m buying this book IMMEDIATELY! I couldn’t buy it last night ’cause I had to leave, but I’m going back there tonight, specifically to buy YOUR book πŸ˜€ I have joyful insides over this, for sure.

    I was also surprised to see no copy on the back cover! I’m wondering if that’s a first, and was actually really impressed by it πŸ™‚ Anyway, Matthew, I’m so glad you finally got to interview Peter, and when I see Alvina at our NJ conference in June, you can bet I’ll be mentioning this book to her πŸ™‚

    P.S. No more kickball, Matthew? I’m shocked! lol

  3. I loved this episode. Peter Brown, you are inspiring! I loved hearing about the evolution of the novel since 2008. The creative process is fascinating. Thank you, Matthew, for this behind-the-scenes kidlit platform!

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