Close Encounters of the Poppins Kind

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Stephen Savage has authored/illustrated a number of children’s books but this one, Babysitter From Another Planet is among the most wonderful for its fantasy laden concept . . . and just a little bit of, “It could be, couldn’t it?” I asked Savage to show us his early sketches and how closely he followed this concept to its end product.

What is this book about?It’s the story of an extra-terrestrial babysitter who mysteriously shows up at the midcentury home of a little boy and girl and does all the things most babysitters do but with a lot of intergalactic pizzazz.

How did you develop the story? Did it just flow or was it a process of development?I started with the title (which doesn’t often get you a story). I was riffing off of a John Sayles’ movie I’d always loved called “The Brother From Another Planet”. After that, the story flowed pretty easily. It took 2 or 3 drafts to settle upon the babysitter’s character, which is “E.T. + Mary Poppins”.

Babysitter From Another Planet
Babysitter From Another Planet
Babysitter From Another Planet
Babysitter From Another Planet
Babysitter From Another Planet
Babysitter From Another Planet
Babysitter From Another Planet
Babysitter From Another Planet by Stephen Savage
Babysitter From Another Planet by Stephen Savage
Babysitter From Another Planet by Stephen Savage
Babysitter From Another Planet by Stephen Savage
Babysitter From Another Planet by Stephen Savage
Babysitter From Another Planet
Babysitter From Another Planet
Babysitter From Another Planet
Babysitter From Another Planet
Babysitter From Another Planet

How do you want your readers to react?If my book elicits a few LAUGHS, SMILES and “AWS”, then my work here is done!

Did you have a sitter from outer space?Nah. But I wished that I had. Every kid wants some magic person to take care of them, right?