Grim Colberty Tales with Julie Andrews

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Children's author Julie Andrews talks about her book series "The Very Fairy Princess" and the importance of sparkle. (6:44)

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

YES, I AGREE.

OF COURSE, ONE KID'S BOOK DOES NOT AN EMPIRE MAKE, SO I RECENTLY SPOKE WITH DAME JULIE

ANDREWS, THE AUTHOR OF 26 CHILDREN'S BOOKS, INCLUDING

"MANDY," "DUMPY THE DUMP TRUCK" AND THE "VERY FAIRY PRINCESS"

SERIES TO ASK HER HELP FINDING MY WAY THROUGH THE DARK FOREST OF CHILDREN'S PUBLISHING.

THIS IS GRIMM COLBERT-Y TALES WITH JULIE ANDREWS.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

>> I'M THRILLED TO BE HERE.

>> Stephen: DAME ANDREW, WHY CHILDREN'S LITERATURE?

>> I STARTED WRITING BOOKS FOR CHILDREN BY ACCIDENT.

I LOVED THE GAMES.

I WAS PLAYING WITH MY KIDS.

>> Stephen: WHAT WAS THE GAME YOU LOVED?

>> WELL, THEY WERE ACTING OUT ALL OVER THE PLACE.

AND THE MARY POPPINS IN MY ROSE UP AND I SAID, OKAY, EVERYBODY,

WE'RE GOING TO PLAY A GAME HERE.

YOU DO THIS OR YOU PAY A FORFEIT.

AND JENNY MY ELDEST SAID, WELL,

ALL RIGHT, BUT YOU HAVE TO PLAY THE GAME TOO.

AND I SAID, WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO?

SHE SAID, YOU HAVE TO STOP SWEARING SO MUCH, JULES.

>> Stephen: I'VE HEARD YOU HAVE A MOUTH LIKE A DRUNKEN SAILOR.

>> IT IS TRUE, BUT I WASN'T SWEARING AT MY KIDS IN A BAD WAY, BUT IT WAS [BLEEPED]

[BLEEPED].

SO OF COURSE I HAD TO WRITE THE STORY.

>> Stephen: I DIDN'T THINK THAT WAS... WOW.

>> IT'S TRUE.

>> Stephen: LET'S MOVE ON.

YOU KNOW, I SING.

>> YES, I KNEW THAT.

>> Stephen: WOULD YOU LIKE TO SING WITH ME?

>> NO.

>> Stephen: NO?

>> I DON'T THINK SO.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

ALL RIGHT I'M LOVING THE "VERY FAIRY PRINCESS" BOOKS.

I'M READING "HERE COMES THE FLOWER GIRL." I'M HALF-WAY THROUGHMENT I'VE

BEEN READING ABOUT TWO WEEKS.

>> YOU'VE BEEN READING FOR TWO WEEKS?

>> Stephen: YEP.

AND IN THESE PRINCESS BOOKS, YOU TALK A LOT ABOUT FINDING YOUR INNER SPARKLE.

DO YOU BELIEVE THAT YOU'RE BORN WITH SPARKLE OR THAT SPARKLE IS A CHOICE?

>> THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION.

>> Stephen: THAT'S WHY I ASKED IT.

>> I'M NOT SURE.

>> Stephen: I BELIEVE SPARKLE IS A CHOICE.

>> I THINK SOME PEOPLE ARE JUST BORN FULL OF JOY.

OUR CHARACTER SAYS ROW CAN BE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO BE.

YOUR JUST HAVE TO LET YOUR SPARKLE OUT.

SHE'S THE ANTITHESIS OF A PRINCESS.

SHE'S GOT HOLES IN HER TIGHTS.

SHE'S A REAL TOMBOY.

>> Stephen: IS SHE A LESBIAN?

NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT IF SHE WAS.

>> NO, NOTHING AT ALL, BUT IN THIS CASE SHE'S JUST A LITTLE

TOMBOY THAT DOESN'T KNOW HOW NOT TO SPARKLE.

>> Stephen: CAN YOU FAKE SPARKLE?

I HEAR SOME WOMEN DO?

>> OH, YEAH, I'VE HEARD THAT.

I QUESTIONS -- GUESS SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO FAKE IT A LITTLE.

>> Stephen: DO YOU SPARKLE?

>> I SPARKLE ABOUT ANYTHING.

I'M TOLD I EVEN SPARKLE ABOUT THINGS LIKE BRUSSEL SPOUTS.

>> Stephen: HOW WOULD YOU SPARKLE ABOUT A BRUSSEL SPROUT?

>> ARE YOU KIDDING?

OH, MY GOD, BRUSSEL SPROUTS, AND THEY'RE ROASTED.

THAT'S A REAL TURN-ON.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU GOING TO YELL THROUGH THIS ENTIRE INTERVIEW?

>> NO.

REALLY BY SPARKLE WE MEAN WHAT IS IT THAT MAKES YOUR HEART SING?

>> Stephen: YOU KNOW WHAT WOULD MAKE ME SPARKLE?

IF WE COULD SING A LITTLE SONG TOGETHER.

>> I DON'T THINK SO.

>> Stephen: YOU'VE ALSO WRITTEN A SERIES OF BOOKS ABOUT

"DUMPY THE DUMP TRUCK."

>> THOSE ARE FOR VERY YOUNG,

YOUNG MEN.

>> Stephen: VERY YOUNG.

"DUMPY THE DUMP TRUCK" SPOKE TO ME.

>> REALLY?

>> Stephen: HOW DOES DUMPY LEARN HOW THE TAKE A DUMP?

>> WELL, HE JUST DOES THAT AUTOMATICALLY BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT HE IS.

BUT DON'T GO ANY FURTHER.

>> Stephen: EVER THOUGHT ABOUT EXTENDING THE SERIES TO OTHER OBJECTS?

ARE RUSTY THE TROMBONE?

>> NO, WE HAVEN'T GOT THERE YET.

WE HAVE A LOT OF OTHER BOOKS,

BUT WE HAVEN'T DONE THE TROMBONE YET, BUT GOOD IDEA.

>> Stephen: YEAH.

TROMBONE NOBODY WANTS TO PLAY.

[LAUGHTER]

BECAUSE IT'S ALL RUSTY.

>> RUSTY.

>> Stephen: THEN THEY TRY IT AND IT TURNS OUT TO BE FUN FOR EVERYBODY.

>> EVEN RUSTY.

>> Stephen: YEAH.

I HAVE A NEW CHILDREN'S BOOK CALLED "I AM A POLE AND SO CAN YOU."

>> UH-HUH.

WILL YOU SIGN ONE FOR ME?

>> Stephen: I WOULD LOVE TO.

THEY ARE $15.99.

I'D GIVE YOU A DISCOUNT, BUT IF I DID THAT FOR EVERY GAME THAT

CAME ALONG, I WOULDN'T SPARKLE.

YOU KNOW WHAT I ADMIRE ABOUT YOU AND THE BOOK, BESIDES THAT THE KIDS LOVE THEM AND IT'S GOT

SPARKLE, SYNERGY.

YOU GOT THE PRINCESS BOOKS.

YOU GOT THE PRINCESS DIARIES MOVIE.

>> AND HERE'S A BIT OF SERENDIPITY, THE TARGET CORPORATION DECIDED THAT THEY

WOULD MAKE A NATIONAL PRINCESS WEEK.

>> Stephen: LET'S MOVE SOME MERCHANDISE, SHALL WE?

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Stephen: THEY'RE SELLING SO MANY GREAT PRINCESS PRODUCTS AT TARGET.

I PICKED UP THIS PACK OF DISNEY PRINCESS UNDERWEAR.

[LAUGHTER]

IT'S GOT ALL THE GREAT PRINCESSES RIGHT ON THE UNDERWEAR.

WE GOT SNOW WHITE.

THERE'S RAPUNZEL.

SLEEPING BEAUTY.

I'M WEARING THE BELLE UNDERWEAR RIGHT NOW.

REALLY CHANGED ME.

>> OKAY.

ANYWAY, ENOUGH ABOUT MERCHANDISE.

TARGET IS CELEBRATING A SPECIAL WEEK.

>> Stephen: WELL, JULIE ANDREWS, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR BOOKS US WITH, YOUR

SECRETS OF SYNERGY, YOUR TALES OF SPARKLE AND MAGIC.

BEFORE WE GO, WOULD YOU JUST LIKE TO MAYBE SING ONE SONG WITH ME?

>> I THINK WE'LL JUST CALL IT A DAY, SHALL WE?

>> Stephen: ♪ YOU GOT TO ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE ♪♪

>> NO.

>> Stephen: ♪ ELIMINATE THE NEGATIVE LATCH ON TO THE AFFIRMATIVE ♪♪

>> ♪ DON'T MESS WITH MR. IN BETWEEN ♪♪ ♪ AND HAVE FAITH

OR PANDEMONIUM ♪ LIABLE TO WALK UPON THE SCENE TO ILLUSTRATE ♪ THE LAST REMARK

NOAH IN THE, A ♪ WHAT DID THEY DO JUST WHEN EVERYTHING LOOKED SO DARK

♪ WHAT DID THEY DO OH, MAN, THEY HAD TO ♪ ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE

AND ELIMINATE THE NEGATIVE ♪ AND LATCH ON TO THE AFFIRMATIVE

♪ DON'T MESS WITH MR. IN BETWEEN NO ♪ DON'T MESS WITH MR. IN BETWEEN

♪♪

>> BRAVO.

>> STEPHEN: BRAVA.