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The Can-Do Karate Kid Interview

Makoto is the main character of my children’s picture book, The Can-Do Karate Kid. I enjoy hearing what kids have to say. If you’d like to do the same with the youth in your life, here’s a list of things to ask children. Here are Makoto’s answers to some questions that help us get to know him better.

What is your favorite color?

Red! I always wear red. It has good energy for karate.

Okay, can-do karate kid, what is your favorite thing about karate?

I like sparring and working on things with partners. Also, I like seeing my friends there, like my friend Michi. She has a birthmark on her cheek in the shape of a heart.

What do you like daydreaming about?

Beating the bad guys with my martial arts and being strong in my moves.

What is your favorite animal?

Dogs. They are friendly and soft and cute. I want to have a dog.

Makoto as the can-do karate kid

More Can-Do Karate Kid Favorite and Other Things

If you could give $100 to your favorite charity, which would you choose?

Anything that helps kids. Probably one that helps give food to kids that are hungry.

Speaking of food, what is your favorite food?

California rolls. It’s sushi, and it’s kind of fancy. But it doesn’t have raw fish.

I wonder, what does the can-do karate kid like to do in his spare time?

I like to draw and build forts and cities. And playing video games with my dad. Sometimes we play and my friends play with us online. That’s fun.

What bugs you?

When I’m in the middle of something and my mom or dad tells me I have to stop right then and go or do something else.

What is your favorite subject in school?

P.E., we get to play games and it’s basically like recess.

As the can-do karate kid, what is your best strength in life?

I am always willing to learn.

Now you know a bit more about the can-do karate kid. If you’d like the basic book details for our first Dojo Kun Character Book, you can find them here.

-Jenifer Tull-Gauger

Jenifer Tull-Gauger Kyoshi

Children's picture book author/illustrator. Traditional karate teacher and practitioner. Loves drawing and all kinds of art. Also into animals, plants and Mother Nature.

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  1. Ronnie

    I can’t think of anyone more deserving to reach her goal of being a published author than Jen Tull-Gauger. I believe this will be a very successful series, much needed for the care and feeding of future generations. I love the interview idea, but what is the age group again? Not sure about putting a $ amount for charity if it is for younger, younger kids, but then again, I am childless, so am probably behind the times now.

    1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful feedback. The target age for the book is five to nine years old. I try to stretch that up thru adult readers for the blogs, while still maintaining kid-friendly content. That charity question was from the list in the first link. I suppose the younger kids would think it’s just a lot of money. Again, I appreciate you taking the time to comment and also for your support!

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