Interview With an 8-Year-Old

by Amy Kraft on June 4, 2013


Once again I’ll mark the remarkable passing of time with a birthday interview. That’s right, my little girl is turning 8. 8!! Here are her declared favorites of the last year, with a little bit of running commentary from mom.

Favorite Video Game

Skylanders Giants because in Skylanders Giants you can do more than in regular Skylanders. (No surprises here that Skylanders has captured her attention for the second year in a row, this time with Giants. Next year I’m sure we can look forward to Swap Force in this spot.) 

Favorite App

Plants vs. Zombies because I like to try getting all 40 flags in Survival Endless. (Are you familiar with the evil and cruel Survival Endless mode on the PvZ iPad app? I leave Olive on her own with this now because we can’t get past even 20 waves of zombies, and we’ve been trying for a long, long time.)


Favorite Museum

The Museum of Math because I like to ride the square-wheeled bike. (Our new children’s museum in Manhattan, all about math! What’s not to like?)

Favorite Book

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban because [major spoiler if you have lived under a rock for 14 years] I like at the end where they find out that Sirius didn’t actually kill 11 people with one curse.

Favorite Movie

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 because [major spoiler if you have lived under a rock for 6 years] I like the end where they show Harry’s kids getting on the train for the first time. (She even skipped after school today and after some park time we came home and watched this. Again.)


Favorite TV Show

The Saddle Club because they tell you a lot about horses. (Olive discovered this on Netflix and it has spawned a major love of horses. I like this quiet Aussie show waaaaay better than the Disney tween shows.) 


Favorite Toy

My doll because I like to brush her hair and do stuff with her hair and put her different clothes on. (I never thought I’d succumb to the American Girl empire, and yet… That’s going to need to be its own separate post.)

Favorite Website because it has a lot of games that you can play and get things to buy, like you can buy clothes to wear and you can buy pets and stuff. (This is the site you can access for free after spending a bajillion dollars on an American Girl doll. Apparently American Girl is the new Webkinz.)

As always, I can’t wait to see what the next year brings. And I’m always tickled to look back on each year.

Interview with a 7-year-old

Interview with a 6-year-old

Interview with a 5-year-old

Interview with a 4-year-old

Stephanie Jones June 4, 2013 at 11:24 pm

My daughter is 8 too and she also LOVES horses and the Saddle Club. Right now her fave Harry Potter is Chamber of Secrets which our whole family knows by heart since besides reading the book, she has to listen to the audio book in the car virtually everywhere we go. Happy Birthday! Hope all is well with you, Amy.

Patricia Vollmer (@vollmerdp) June 4, 2013 at 11:35 pm

MUST TAKE SONS to Museum of Math! And as for the American Girl empire, I can’t help but smile smugly and be glad I have similarly-expensive-LEGO-loving sons!

Amy Kraft June 5, 2013 at 8:56 am

Ah, but what if you have a kid that likes American Girl AND Lego?

Katie June 5, 2013 at 5:02 am

Yay for quiet Aussie shows! Do you know the Round the Twist series? Awesome 80s/early 90s Aussie kids show based on short stories by Paul Jennings.

Amy Kraft June 5, 2013 at 8:23 am

Oooh, I’ll have a look for Round the Twist.

Melissa Sarno June 5, 2013 at 8:44 pm

You know how I love these birthday posts. Happy Birthday to the amazing Olive! Love that she’s loving Harry Potter (that must be so cool for you!) Very interested to hear your take on American Girl. I was so against it and then I went to the store to buy my mother a doll (not kidding, it was all she wanted for Christmas) and decided I wanted to live there. Forever.

Margaret Crocker July 10, 2013 at 7:36 pm

My soon to be niece-in-law (age 7) loves an Aussie show about mermaids called H20! Check it out, I think it might run on Nick. Not sure if it’s quiet. Or sexist. Let me know! — m

Amy Kraft July 10, 2013 at 8:58 pm

I’ll have to check it out. I think it’s on Netflix.

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