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Our Type Reader for April is Rose Kain

Rose Kain has been a Type customer just about ever since she could read. And she reads a lot. Recently, she's started assisting staff Children's Literature Expert Serah-Marie McMahon with the kids' section, and you'll find she's always ready to help with a young reader recommendation. We sat down to give Rose the Type Reader questionnaire to find out about her character pet peeves, how middle school sucks, and her book bucket list:


What is the first book you remember loving?
The first book that I remember loving was The Giggler Treatment by Roddy Doyle. I loved it so much because it talked about things that adults hated talking about, like poop. The book had really obscure chapters about random things like a toothpaste commercial or someone taste-testing cookies mixed in with the regular chapters. It was really rude and quirky and I would recommend it for a first chapter book read.

What is your favourite virtue in a book?
Feminism. I like when there are really strong, feminist characters in a book. It makes me really happy that girls can see characters that are like them or that they aspire to be like.

What do you appreciate most in a book character?
I like book characters that have a really soft side but who also don't take any crap from anyone!

What character (real or fictional) do you dislike the most?
I don't like characters that are mean to other people because they have nothing to do. They should put their passion into something other than making people feel bad. I don't really like when an author portrays someone as an interesting person but they don't actually have any interesting traits.

If you were to write a non-fiction book about anything, what would it be about?
I would write a book about how much middle school sucks and include interviews with kids telling me about their situations with friends and at school. It would include things about body image and social media and how they affect how kids grow up.

Your favourite authors?
I don't really have a favourite author. I like a lot of different work by different writers. I like Mariko Tamaki who wrote Saving Montgomery Sole and This One Summer. Her work is really beautiful. It has a lot of different aspects to it. It is all very magical but very real at the same time.

Your favourite poets?
Shel Silverstein! I love Shel Silverstein. I Love how his poems are witty and funny but also slightly gruesome and sad. And I love how all the poems have illustrations next to them.

Your favourite book illustrators?
I love Brooke Allen, who illustrated the Lumberjanes graphic novels, because the illustration seems to fit really well with the mystical camping story.

Do you read on public transportation?
Usually not, but I should start. My bus ride is really short, so I would probably miss my stop!

What qualities do you want in a book you’re read while traveling?
Every year I go on a camping trip with my mom and my aunt. We always carefully choose a couple of books that sound really juicy, adventurous, and have lots of quirky characters with funny accents. We read these books aloud at night and around the campfire.

What book have you never read but have always meant to? Do you think you will ever read it?
I have always meant to read The Bread Winner by Deborah Ellis. Everyone tells me it is so good. I will definitely read it. It is on my book bucket list.

What book do you pretend to have read, but in fact have not?
Once I pretended I read Diary of a Wimpy Kid to my best friend Ella to seem tomboyish and cool.

If you could force a single celebrity to read a specific book in it’s entirety, who would you chose, and what book would you make them read? 
I would make Donald Trump read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. The book talks about racism and poverty and suicide.

What book(s) are you reading right now?
I just started reading An Abundance of Katherines by John Green and am also reading The Truth Commission by Susan Juby.

photography by Serah-Marie McMahon