Book Lover, Age 7, Interviews a Favorite KidLit Author: Laurie Sutton

KidLit Author Interview

By Lisa Cohn

When we first began doing interviews with KidLit authors, Michael, age 7–aka chief of the Roving Reader Leaders–was clear that Laurie Sutton was one of the authors on the top of his list.

Laurie is a former editor for Marvel and DC Comics and writer of Star Trek comics. She now writes KidLit for Capstone, and has penned numerous Scooby-Doo books that Michael loves.

We approached Laurie via Twitter, by first tweeting a video book review of one of her books, “The Mystery of the Aztec Tomb: You Choose Stories: Scooby-Doo.” Michael did the fun book review along with his friend, Levko, and it begins with the boys goofing around and then revealing their favorite lines in the book.

Michael was thrilled when Laurie responded to his tweet, saying she liked the review. We then sent her a tweet saying Michael had a request, which we would send her via direct message.

When Laurie got back to us and said she’d like to do the interview, Michael was thrilled!

Watch his interview with her here. We loved her funny responses to his questions!

In the video, Michael recites some favorite lines from her books. He tells her why her Scooby-Doo books are different than other Scooby-Doo books. He asks her a few questions about her writing choices. And, at the end, he makes a special request–and gets a promise from Laurie.

In “You Choose Stories: Scooby-Doo,” readers can choose many endings. They can follow the different characters–Scooby, Fred, Velma, Daphne and Shaggy–on different paths. You can watch Michael and Levko review “The Mystery of the Aztec Tomb” here:

Who should read this book, the interviewer asks the boys? “The world should!”

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Video Book Review by Kids, Age 5 and 7: “I Like Mystery Fiction”

Video Book Review

What do our kid book reviewers love so much about Scooby-Doo books? In this video book review by Michael, age 5 at the time, and Edward, age 7 at the time, viewers learn that Edward likes mystery fiction, and Michael loves how silly these books are!

In the minds and hearts of these Roving Reader Leaders, silliness plus mystery fiction equals great fun!

Watch these boys discuss “Scooby-Doo and The Rock ‘N Roll Zombie” in this video:


Note that Michael is so excited he jumps up and down. The boys show their favorite page–where the Scooby gang members dress up as rock n’ roll stars. “Scooby-Doo wears fake red hair,” Michael explains.

The boys also give a little constructive criticism about this book. And the videographer jumps in and adds her two cents, noting that she doesn’t like it when the characters get tied up in Scooby-Doo books.

Michael is now 7–and still loves Scooby-Doo books. When he visits the library or bookstore–generally four or five times a week–he often heads first to the Scooby-Doo book section. That says a lot about the power of the gang’s silliness and the strong characters.

Do you know any kids who love KidLit as much as Michael and Edward? Would you like them to join the Roving Reader Leaders team? At Roving Reader Leaders, kids age 5-17 lead the KidLit conversation by reviewing kids’ books on YouTube. Subscribe to our channel here: Our Reader Leaders also conduct YouTube interviews with children’s book authors. Parents, teachers, authors and librarians can join the club and get our KidLit News at and KidLit authors can sign up for kids’ book reviews by our reader leaders! Our “Roving” Reader Leaders do their reviews in parks, gyms, taxis, museums and everywhere children can be found! Kids and teachers, please send us written and video reviews by kids! Email us at

Want to learn about how all this got started? Watch the chief of the Roving Reader Leaders on the Today Show here!

Video Book Review by Kids, age 5 &13: Good Dog, Carl

Video Book Review

In this video book review by Michael, age 5 at the time, and Mia, age 13, viewers learn all about why kids love “Good Dog, Carl” and especially what’s funny about it–according to Michael, who is chief of the Roving Reader Leaders.

Mia explains why this dog picture book is a classic for kids. Watch the video review here:

Our “Good Dog, Carl” review was filmed on the Oregon Coast; our other reviews take place in book stores, taxis, museums, city streets and on playgrounds and other places that are popular with children. That’s why we call our team “Roving” Reader Leaders! The kids’ mission is to “rove” and share their love of KidLit–especially in public places–in the hopes that their enthusiasm is contagious!

The Roving Reader Leaders also interview children’s book authors via Skype and post the interviews on our YouTube page and blog.

Do you know any young book lovers who would like to join the team? Email us at We’d love for parents, teacher and kids to submit photos of kids reading, and for book lovers to participate in our KidLit discussions (online and in person here in Portland). When they do this, they earn badges and could be featured on our website and blog. Learn about our founding Reader Leaders here:

Our “Good Dog, Carl” review was one of the first we filmed, back in 2013 when we began doing video book reviews. At the time, we only focused on dog books, but have since expanded to all kinds of kids’ books, including picture books and chapter books. We’re excited that our list of budding book reviewers is expanding!

Video Book Review
Video Book Review by Roving Reader Leaders

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Watch Fun Kids’ Book Reviews by Kids and Join the Club!

Fun Kids' Book Reviews

Be sure to watch fun clips from our kids’ book reviews by kids!

This video, intended to introduce you to Roving Reader Leaders, includes short clips from kids’ book reviews about six fun children’s books. In addition, be sure to watch a clip in which our Reader Leader Chief interviews one of his favorite others, Laurie Sutton, author of numerous “You Choose Stories: Scooby Doo” books.

Our kid book reviewers rate and discuss The Mystery of the Aztec Tomb, Walter the Farting Dog, Good Dog, Carl, Scooby-Doo and The Rock ‘N Roll Zombie, and give a quick–and very high–rating to Magic Tree House books at the very end.

We invite comments about our kids’ book reviews by kids from teachers, librarians, parents and teens and children. You can comment in the comment section of the video, or you can comment here. We want to hear from you.

Are the kids doing a good job reviewing? What books would you like the Roving Reader Leaders to review? Do you want to know how to join the club?

At Roving Reader Leaders, our mission is to get kids actively engaged in reading, discussion and analysis in fun ways!

Teachers, parents and librarians can sign their young readers up for our club (free) and subscribe to our Free KidLit Newsletter.

Through our club, young readers take part in in-person, online and phone KidLit Chats and learn how to do book reviews and author interviews. They earn Roving Reader Leader badges and T-shirts by doing book reviews and author interviews, sending us photos, and participating in book discussions on our social media.

Sign up for our club: on our “Join the Club” page and get our KidLit Newsletter here:Get Our KidLit News

If you’re an author, you can submit your children’s book for review on our KidLit Book Reviews page

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