The Bunnies Need Help
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Chocolate Space Bunnies follows a group of bunnies that love chocolate who are looking for a new planet to live on. What was the inspiration for your story?
This is the first in a series told by the truth-stretching storyteller, Ooey Gooey Looey. As the Ooey Gooey song goes (link attached for your entertainment 😉 Ooey Gooey Looey loves chocolate, but any kind of candy will do. And for a Snickers or a Twix or a Skittles or a Kiss, he’ll tell a tall tale or two. The story of how Ooey Gooey became a storyteller is to be told in one of the next books in the series called French Fry Fortune Teller. Ooey Gooey Looey is all about chocolate, and tall tales, so somehow, in my crazy brain, the first story turned out to be about a chocolate planet. Sometimes, I can’t even remember where the ideas come from.
The art in this book is fantastic, it really made me crave chocolate. What was the art collaboration process like with illustrator Luis Peres?
Luis Peres is a gifted artist, and his company “I Create Worlds” couldn’t be better named. Luis is in Portugal, but we communicated often throughout his illustration process. With many illustrators, it is a very linear process… manuscript to storyboard to final. But Luis and I laughed about concepts along the way, and we really connected. He is indeed fantastic, and he is on board for the whole Ooey Gooey Stories series.
What were some ideas that were important for you to share in this book?
All of my books, War at the Ice Cream Store, Rocket Red: A Little Ant with a Big Dream, The Prickly Problem: Dr. Pete the Porcupine, and this one have an underlying message of kindness and acceptance, wrapped in a light, humorous package. If kids (and adults!) start with kindness, all good things will follow. In this book, the kids are curious, the parents are frightened, and the bunnies need help. Once the bunnies are known, they are no longer strange aliens, and everyone’s worlds are enhanced.
What is the next book that you are working on, and when will it be available?
Luis has already illustrated French Fry Fortune Teller (as I mentioned above-the back-story of Ooey Gooey Looey), and there are two manuscripts getting ready to go. Within a few months, we should have a new one out there!
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