What’s In A Name: Cap’n Crunch
Ms. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month and time for What’s In A Name, where Spencer Quinn discusses the name of a character in the Chet and Bernie series. Who have we got today, Spence?
Spencer Quinn: How about Cap’n Crunch?
Ms. P.: The parrot who plays a fairly small role in Dog On It?
SQ: That’s him. Perhaps the only bird I’ve ever given a speaking role to.
Ms. P.: As I remember, Cap’n Crunch can say “Light my fire.”
SQ: Only if you first say “Come on, baby.” He can also say “Make it a double” – which gave me a nice little chapter ending. Chet doesn’t like birds and he especially doesn’t like the Cap’n, so there’s always tension with CC in the cage and Chet sidling over. The name itself is nautical, of course, which goes along nicely with parrots and carries piratical associations. Making Cap’n Crunch a sort of avian perp in Chet’s eyes.
Ms. P.: Ever thought of bringing the Cap’n back in another book?
SQ: Yesterday! But I went with a guinea pig instead.
Ms. P: Thanks, Spence. See you next month.
Welcome Abbie the kitty.
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