This may or may not be the art for the jacket of a book I have been working on for some time now. I am in the this-is-reallygetting-serious region of the deadline, because the book is due to be out next fall and I’m not quite finished with the drawings. But I am SO CLOSE! The book is in the time-honored Rodent Adventure Novel genre. So many greats to look up to. I could mention Russell Hoban, Terry Pratchett, E.B. White, and Kenneth Grahame. William Steig. Just for starters. Also, of course, Kate DeCamillo. When I heard this year that her new book was about squirrels, I thought, Dang! Then I heard that there’s a new animated movie coming out in a week or so about squirrels, and I thought — hey — could I be trending? Could squirrels be the new zombies? Is it a zeitgeist thing?