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Fascinating interview with L. Bob Rovetch

Author of the ongoing adventures of Hot Dog and Bob

Chronicle Books

Hello Ms. Rovetch.

L. Bob Rovetch:

Oh, please call me L. Bob.

CB:

L. Bob, you are an award-winning investigative reporter. Tell us about your background. How did you get interested in researching life on other planets?

LBR:

I grew up in the Rocky Mountains. On warm summer nights I'd lie outside wishing on shooting stars and wondering who else might be living in this great, vast universe. There was an urban legend going around that the crater in the hills behind my house was actually made by a UFO—otherwise known as an unidentified flying object—otherwise known as a flying saucer. Whenever I played there, I always kept an eye out for little green men.

Years later, when I was a journalist investigating a story about a newly discovered planet for our local newspaper, I met Professor Jimothy Von Straunson IV. The more we talked, the more top-secret research he was willing to share with me about space aliens.

I vowed never to breathe a single word of the professor's highly confidential information. But from then on, I knew that my life's work would be devoted to investigating and writing about extraterrestrial activity.

CB:

Is it true that you are a founding member of a group called SQUISH? What can you tell us about this organization?

LBR:

SQUISH stands for the Society that Questions Unusual Intergalactic Space Happenings. We take a closer look at UFO sightings and the like. Sometimes we have to be pretty sneaky. Some people don't appreciate us "snooping around," but if we don't do it, who will?

CB:

You have spent hundreds of hours interviewing Bob, a student at Lugenheimer Elementary School, who has had many hair-raising adventures with extraterrestrial life forms. What can you tell us about this extraordinary boy?

LBR:

Bob is actually one of the most ordinary boys I've ever met. Other than the fact that he happens to battle space aliens on a fairly regular basis and has a superhero hot dog for a partner, he's really not much different from any other fifth-grade kid out there. He's friendly, has a little brother named Bug, an old basset hound named Chomper, and a very good memory.

CB:

How did you first meet Bob?

LBR:

Oh, that's an interesting story. Doctor Marvin G. Curlytoes (the treasurer for SQUISH) started getting frequent red alert signals on his E.T. detector. By the time we'd tracked down that the extraterrestrial-life-form-radiation-frequencies were coming from Lugenheimer Elementary School, the aliens had already gone. But Bob was there.

CB:

Is that when he told you about his adventures with Hot Dog?

LBR:

No, no. Bob was so terrified of the publicity he pretended not to have a clue about anything. But once I assured him I was on his side, and promised not to disclose any facts that could be damaging to him, his family, or his friends, he decided to start talking. That's when I convinced him we should write a book together.

CB:

In Hot Dog and Bob and the Seriously Scary Attack of the Evil Alien Pizza Person, your first book, you introduce readers to the adventures of Bob and his superhero hot dog friend, Hot Dog. What can you tell us about Hot Dog?

LBR:

Well, in order to protect Hot Dog, I've sworn not to disclose certain confidential information such as the precise location of his planet, Dogzalot.

CB:

He comes from another planet? Heavens! Where in the galaxy is Dogzalot?

LBR:

I just told you, I can't tell you where Dogzalot is. But I can tell you what it is—a planet full of superhero hot dogs who get beamed across the solar system to protect other planets from evil space alien attacks.

CB:

How did Bob get paired up with an extraterrestrial superhero like Hot Dog in the first place?

LBR:

Well, a long time ago, when Hot Dog was battling a rock monster on another planet, he got a concussion and lost his memory. Since Bob has an exceptionally good memory, the Big Bun decided to make Bob Hot Dog's Earth partner. Bob's not too excited about this, but there's not a whole lot he can do about it.

CB:

And who exactly is this Big Bun?

LBR:

She's the extremely wise and powerful leader of Dogzlot. And you never ever want to get on her bad side. That's part of the reason Bob and his best friend, Clementine, always end up sticking around to save the world from freaky extraterrestrials. They know that letting Hot Dog down would be the same thing as letting the Big Bun down, which would definitely not be a good idea.

CB:

Speaking of Clementine, can you tell us a little bit about her?

LBR:

Clementine is brave, spunky, stubborn, and the most loyal friend you could ever hope to have. She also makes and eats particularly interesting lunches for herself like cookie, salami, French fry, and banana sandwiches with chocolate syrup, ketchup, and mayo.

Since Clementine is Bob's best friend, she always ends up helping him and Hot Dog battle the aliens. Luckily, (unbeknownst to Bob and Clementine) the Big Bun ordered the scientists on Dogzalot to spray Bob and Clementine with a special invisible coating to protect them from certain kinds of alien magic. Unluckily, it turns out that the full strength spray doesn't stick on humans, so Bob and Clementine only have a half strength-semi-protective coating, which, as you might imagine, can be more than a little stressful at times.

CB:

I understand things get more than a little cheesy for them?

LBR:

Well, yes, in my chronicles of their adventures, Adventure #1 in fact, Hot Dog and Bob and the Seriously Scary Attack of the Evil Alien Pizza Person, Bob's teacher, Miss Lamphead, gets taken over by a bizarre space alien called Cheese Face and morphs into a huge, mutant pizza person from the cheesy planet Pizzalopolis.

Before Bob and Clementine know it, their classmates are being turned into zombie pizza slice soldiers for the army that Cheese Face is preparing to take over the world with. Then, just when the world is doomed for sure, Hot Dog goes for Chinese take-out!

CB:

How exciting! Will you tell us a little about Adventure #2, Hot Dog and Bob and the Particularly Pesky Attack of the Pencil People

LBR:

Just when Bob and Clementine think things are back to normal, the Scribbler and his evil gang of pencil snatchers invade Lugenheimer Elementary. They come from the planet Pencilvania, pretending to be regular old pencils, but then . . . they spew slime, they draw animal heads on the students, and last but not least, they erase them!

The Scribbler sees himself as a brilliant artist. By erasing everything and everyone on Earth, he plans to create a beautiful, new, blank canvas. And the Terrible Triplets only make matters worse!

CB:

Those Terrible Triplets are almost as bad as the evil aliens!

LBR:

Yes, Barfalot is the meanest, rottenest bully at Lugenheimer Elementary School, and Pigburt and Slugburt are his brainless bodyguard brothers.

The Terrible Triplets' greatest joy in life is making life miserable for Bob and Clementine. As if things aren't already bad enough!

CB:

Are those really their real names? And how did they become so despicable?

LBR:

Yes, nobody can believe it, but it's true. The Terrible Triplets' real names are Barfalot, Pigburt, and Slugburt. Their mother, Trogladite, thought they were the most beautiful babies in the world, and gave them what she thought were the most beautiful names in the world. As far as how they got to be so rotten, let's just say they’re the nicest members of their whole family.

CB:

What happens in further adventures?

LBR:

Certainly. Here are all of the adventures.

CB:

Well this has been truly fascinating! Thank you very much for this interesting interview.

LBR:

Thank you! It's been my pleasure. See www.hotdogandbob.com to know more.