Barbara Odanaka

Barbara Odanaka is an author, freelance writer, book reviewer, and founder of the International Society of Skateboarding Moms. Prior to writing books for children, she was a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. Ms. Odanaka lives with her husband and son in Laguna Beach, California. You can visit her online at

Books by this Author

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 are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Stoked!

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. People talking during movies!

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

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

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Stepping on frogs in my bare feet.