Barbara Odanaka

Barbara Odanaka is a former Los Angeles Times reporter who left daily journalism to backpack around the world and write children’s books. She is the author of Construction Cat, as well as Smash! Mash! Crash! There Goes the Trash and A Crazy Day at the Critter Café. Her polydactyl cat, Mittens, is much too lazy to work heavy machinery. Please visit Ms. Odanaka at BarbaraOdanaka.com.

Books by this Author

Construction Cat
A Crazy Day at the Critter Café
Smash! Mash! Crash! There Goes the Trash!

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Good books, cuddly cats, strong coffee---the muses of my life.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Performing school assemblies on the life of an author!

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Rocky road ice cream.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Honesty, sincerity, humor.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. People talking during movies!

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