Shopping for Snowflakes
by Marcia Leonard
Pictures by John Himmelman
For Precious Rusty Berkower (From Leonard)
To my brother Joe, one of my two closest friends in the world. (Mine)
John Himmelman's Stories' Stories
This is the second book I did for the What's Next? series. In the previous entry I talk about the first, Rainboots for Breakfast, which came out at the same time.
I still remember the fear of having to draw shopping carts. Take a moment and picture drawing one of these yourself. All those criss-crossing bars, that you could see through to the other criss-crossing bars... That weird pinched rectangular box shape...
I was still living in East Haven, CT and went to the nearby supermarket, where I sat outside in front of one of those beasts and practiced drawing it from different angles. I so totally cheated on the cover!
Okay, I did do a full cart!
Same premise as Rainboots for Breakfast - the reader is asked what the character does next and is offered 3 silly choices and 1 sensible.
Aside from the "Slim Hippo" being purchased by the lady in yellow, the characters are basically people in animal costumes, doing very people-y things. The rabbits are stocking up on vegetables, a rabbity thing to do, I guess, but I don't think adult rabbits are milk drinkers. And I'm guessing that's cow's milk, or at least that was what I was thinking at the time, without really thinking about it. Probably better not to think about it.
Next week, a snail, doing very people-y things.