Secret Agent Josephine Books

Brenda Ponnay (aka Secret Agent Josephine) and I go way back. Wayyyyyyyy back – in fact, it was Brenda who encouraged me to start this blog back in 2005! (Which, of course, led me to search for past entries about SAJ, and well, there went my entire morning.)

Tiny aside – do you all remember this video of Wito and Baby Bug?

Our sweet babies!

If you haven’t heard of SAJ, let me tell you, this artist/illustrator/writer dynamo is the bee’s knees, and she recently published three children’s books! She’s been conducting a virtual book tour over the past month, and I wanted to ask her a few questions so you could get to know her better. HOWEVER, being the letter W on the tour means that pretty much every question has already been asked of her by the other book tour participants. So, I called in the big gun. Wito. Here is a transcript of Wito and Brenda’s interview.

Wito: What is your favorite color?

SAJ: My favorite color is RED.

Wito: Why?

SAJ: Because it’s bright and happy.

Wito: Why?

SAJ: Because it’s on the warm end of the color spectrum. It’s a hot color as in FIRE! FIRE!

Wito: Why?

SAJ: Because I don’t know?  Something about wavelengths and science. Go ask your Mom.

Wito: Why?

SAJ: Because she is smarter than I am and probably memorized all that stuff.

Wito: Why?

SAJ: I don’t know. Maybe because she is a genius just like you. And she can memorize whole books.  Maybe YOU should get back to ME with that answer.

Wito: BYE!

(Just to set the record straight, I’m pretty sure Brenda is smarter than the two of us combined, but thanks for the nice words, SAJ!)

Take a look at these adorable books.


They’re completely charming, and perfect for holiday gifts, whether they be in paperback or electronic editions. (All electronic titles are only $2.99!) My postillion has been struck by lightning.

iPad/iPhoneABCsColors, and Numbers.

KindleABCsColors, and Numbers.

NookABCsColors, and Numbers.

Paperback: ABCs, Colors, Numbers.

Keep track of SAJ’s Stealthy Book Tour here (there are fun clues to collect along the way), and check out all of her awesome books. I’m so proud of you, SAJ!!!

Oh! One last thing. Brenda is offering one 8×10 “W for Whale” print to one of the commenters!

Just leave a comment with your favorite “w” word by Monday, December 19th at 6pm PST and you’ll be entered to win! (My favorite “w” word is “whirl,” which I wanted to be the URL for this blog, but it was already taken. Hence, Whoorl was born!)


  • mandi

    December 15, 2011 at 10:21 am

    My favorite “w” word is wiggly! It’s a fun one, right?
    Oh, maybe my second favorite “w” word is whoorl. (Because I really DO enjoy your blog!)

  • Robert Sharp

    December 15, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Thank you for the video! It made my day! great article. Thanks!

  • Joy

    December 15, 2011 at 11:15 am

    My favorite “w” word is wacky because sometimes that’s just how things are.

  • sizzle

    December 15, 2011 at 11:34 am

    I found your blog because of SAJ! That’s how long I have been reading the both of you (six years, time flies). :-) I love the books and got them for my nephew for Christmas.

    My favorite W word is wink.

  • bethany actually

    December 15, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I am dying laughing at that interview.

    Also, I kinda forget that your blog name is a play on “whirl.” I think I even pronounce it differently, more like “world.”

    My favorite W word is probably “wavelength” because it’s fun to say and write. I also like “Wismont,” my maiden name. :-)

  • Christy

    December 15, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    My favorite W word is Wiggle!

  • JennyBean

    December 15, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I think my favourite “W” word is “whisk”. I like the sort of whooshing sound it makes as you say it. I also like the word “whisky”…erm, for the same reason, not because I like to drink it. Heh.

  • foodmomiac

    December 15, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    My favorite W is WILEY! (b/c it’s my last name)

  • Kristen

    December 15, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I just KNEW your website would be the W selection! I either found you through SAJ’s website or vice versa. My favorite W word has been Watson for my last name, but that will soon be gone, thanks to my current favorite word…wedding!

  • Jessica

    December 15, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I love this giveaway. Words are awesome. My favorite “w” word is Walrus.

  • Jamie

    December 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    My son Samuel would LOVE these books! Thanks for sharing!

  • Annabet

    December 15, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    My favorite W word is WINK!! I love it when someone winks at me!

  • Elizabeth

    December 15, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    My favorite W word is WHALE, oddly enough. My son loves whales, so this might have something to do with my fondness for the word. We’ve been reading a lot about whales lately.

  • Jenn S

    December 15, 2011 at 3:20 pm


  • Jenski

    December 15, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    My favorite W is William – my sons name (and husbands as well). I too found your blog though SAJ.

  • Sarah

    December 15, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    W is for Wroblewski…our last name! WOuld love this!

  • Julie

    December 15, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Wito! Wita! Wiss ass! (what I’m being)

  • Nila

    December 15, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Best interview ever.

    My favorite W word is Watseka (as in Illinois) because my husband is from there and it’s the cutest small town with the nicest people.

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  • Carrisa

    December 15, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Whiskey of course!

  • Brooke

    December 15, 2011 at 9:40 pm


  • TLR

    December 16, 2011 at 4:49 am

    My favorite “w” word is “whoosh” for the sound it makes (an onomatopoeia) and also “whisper”. I bought the SAJ ABC book for Christmas and can’t wait for the kids to see it. Thanks for the contest!

  • Angella

    December 16, 2011 at 8:47 am

    I’m not entering, but I just had to say that I remember that video! We’ve been friends for a long time. :)

  • Janet -in Nebraska

    December 16, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Well … there are lots of “W” words to like ~ Willy Wonka and Chocolate Factory … Wonderful World … Wise Men … Wishes for Christmas ~ will they work?

  • Taylor

    December 16, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Wishy-washy! Because it is kind of a negative word, but oh so much fun to say!

  • Jennifer

    December 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    I love the book love! And, my favorite w word is “whoopsie!”

  • Jennifer

    December 16, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    My favorite W word would have to be winter… I love the change of seasons and that first snowfall (which we are still waiting for!)

  • Laurie

    December 16, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    My favorite “W” word is Wish.

  • ioi

    December 17, 2011 at 1:36 am

    WHY? -it’s a great word… as long as you’re the one asking it.

  • Sharri

    December 17, 2011 at 7:23 am

    That video is just the greatest! Being a reader of both your blogs since those days, I hope you will share that video of the two of them with the two of them real soon!

  • Allison

    December 17, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Probably “Whatever.” Love the illustrations!

  • Steph

    December 19, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I like the word “wreak”, like “wreaking havoc”, because the w works undercover…it does it’s job, but no one really knows it’s there.

  • KarenG

    December 19, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Weird – such a handy word to describe so many things!

  • Jill V. / TerraSavvy

    December 20, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Witty – that’s my favorite “W” word.

    Whoorl is a wonderfully witty website!!