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Skinny Dip with Melissa Stewart


Charles­bridge, 2014

What keeps you up at night? 

Noth­ing. I fall asleep the instant my head touch­es the pil­low, and I’m prob­a­bly the world’s sound­est sleep­er.

Describe your all-time favorite pair of paja­mas.

When I was in col­lege, I spent a term at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Bath in Bath, Eng­land, and rent­ed a room at a house near­by. Because heat­ing oil is so expen­sive in Great Britain, most peo­ple keep their homes very cool in win­ter. My lit­tle room at the top of the house was freez­ing. Luck­i­ly, my mom found a pair of adult-size paja­mas with feet and sent them to me along with a very warm hat and mit­tens. I was so grate­ful.

What’s the first book you remem­ber read­ing? 

Mr. Mys­te­ri­ous and Com­pa­ny by Sid Fleis­chman. I’m thrilled that I was able to meet Mr. Fleis­chman and tell him how much his book meant to me.

What TV show can’t you turn off? 

The Voice.

In what Olympic sport would you like to win a gold medal? 

I’m not very ath­let­ic, but I do like minia­ture golf. I don’t think that’s an Olympic sport, but it should be.



3 Responses to Skinny Dip with Melissa Stewart

  1. David LaRochelle April 1, 2015 at 9:36 am #

    I loved your answers, Melis­sa! “Mr. Mys­te­ri­ous and Com­pa­ny” was one of my favorite child­hood books as well! It remains vivid in my mem­o­ry over 40 years lat­er. It was an immense hon­or for me to meet Sid Fleis­chman in per­son when I won the SCBWI Sid Fleis­chman humor award. Sid was the def­i­n­i­tion of a true gen­tle­man; kind and gra­cious to every­one. And I’m with you all the way when it comes to play­ing minia­ture golf. That’s always a must when my best friend and I trav­el. If you ever are near Seat­tle, I’ll tell you where to find the most beau­ti­ful minia­ture golf course I’ve ever played.

  2. Heather Vogel Frederick April 5, 2015 at 5:58 pm #

    Mr. Mys­te­ri­ous and Com­pa­ny”! One of my faves, too, Melis­sa! I still have my child­hood copy. It was the inspi­ra­tion for my fam­i­ly’s ver­sion of “Abra­cadabra Day” — I’d wake each of our boys indi­vid­u­al­ly on a pre­de­ter­mined day, and let them skip school so we could do some­thing fun. Need­less to say, it was the high­light of the year…

    • David LaRochelle April 5, 2015 at 9:42 pm #

      What a fab­u­lous idea, Melis­sa! Your own “Abra­cadabra Day!” I thought of that type of day often after read­ing the book. Your kids are very lucky to have such a fun moth­er!

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