The March of Pumpkins
Stephen Savage, author of “Where’s Walrus, Polar Bear Night, Making Tracks and more,” pays homage to pumpkins in his latest children’s book “Ten Orange Pumpkins.” Its a mystery of sorts. Who decimated (as in killing off of ten) the crop? You’ll have to read it (to your child) to find out. Nonetheless, I asked Stephen to answer some probing queries.
After bears, boats and walruses, why a book on pumpkins? My agent, Brenda Bowen, suggested the idea. As I started to work on it, I saw the chance to do an entire book in a ’50s noir style and that excited me. And then as I worked on it further, I saw the possibilities for interesting secondary narratives, taking it way beyond a banal counting book.
Tell me about the covers. Why so many? The book features a variety of characters and settings, so one emblematic image wasn’t going to represent the entire book. Basically, I was left with the job of creating an attention-getting image out of a boring old row or cluster of pumpkins. And that took some work.
Do you like the color orange? Oh yes! And it’s a kid color. Think of traffic cones, “men at work” signs, carrots and orange juice! I like it, just as long as it’s NOT on me. I really only look decent dressed in blue.
Inflationary Junk Mail
Look what I got in the mail. It was a handwritten address and through the envelope I could discern what looked like a $100 bill. There seems to be a rash of junk mail solicitations that look to average bozo (like me) real, until when opened its for 5 cents or some ridiculous amount. But this truly had me fooled. So much for the death of snail mail. This ploy worked a lot better than the barrage of email for sex enhancements or religious dating services. I think I might even be fooled the next time.