Monday, January 4, 2010

Meet The Robot Lilliput!

Recently I had the chance to sit down for an interview with Lilliput the tin robot, the main character of the children's picture book Lilliput Blasts Off! by Paola Jofre, to be released in the fall of 2010.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to talk to us.
Anytime, happy to help.

A lot of people are wondering , Lilliput, how old are you?
I really don't know how old I am; last I remember the planet Pluto was newly discovered.

Umm, you do know now that Pluto is no longer a planet, right? It's just a large rock.
Huh, oh, hmm. Well that's too bad; it's still a great place to visit when you get tired of Neptune.

You're pretty tall Lilliput. Exactly how tall are you? Has anyone ever measured you?
My master did long ago and I remember him saying I am 12 feet tall.

Being that tall and made of tin, do you know how much you weigh?
I'm pretty sure I weigh more than a couple of elephants.

For those who don't know what you look like, could you describe yourself?
Well, I have big black shoes. I'm completely orange. I have a few buttons, but i'm not sure what they do. I have been told I look like stacked boxes. When I'm nice and clean i'm very shiny.

What are you afraid of?
People who scream really loud......and i'm afraid of the dark.

What do you like best about yourself?
I don't need haircuts and I don't have to buy clothes.

What do you like least?
I'm slow like a turtle and I knock over a lot of things. My feet are too big.

What makes you frustrated?
That I can't run fast and people are afraid of me. I'm not an animal!

What do you first notice when walking into a room?
People don't know how to act in front of me. They usually just stare and some run away.

What are you keeping a secret?
I can sing and dance.

What's it like being a robot?
It's great. Rust is always a worry and I find it hard to climb a flight a stairs.

Tell us about your co-star, the girl robot Venus.
She's a swell robot, but very quiet and shy. Her paint is shiny.

Now that we know you better, can you tell us about the book: Lilliput Blasts Off! by Paola Jofre, to be released in the fall of 2010.
Paola is a swell lady, very funny and creative, and she draws a pretty nice picture of me. I'm the main character of the book! It's about a lonely robot's search for friendship and adventure. I don't want to spoil it for the reader. I'm pretty good space pilot in the story. Oh, and there's a good chase scene!

I heard that Paola will be donating part of the proceeds to Autism Speaks?
Yes it's true; it has been her life-long dream to write and illustrate a children's book. When she started on Lilliput, she did not intend it as a message about her son's predicament. But the message came out anyway. Acceptance and compassion, no man is an island! Knowing the hardships that families with Autistic children face, she has decided to donate part of the royalties of the book to Autism Speaks.


Be sure to check out http://www.paolajofre.com/ for upcoming local and online contests in the fall of 2010.


Poster of Lilliput adapted from the album cover to MEET THE BEATLES!








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