pulptastic squirrelsNuts to You is a middle-grade (ages 8-12) novel; an adventure story about a squirrel. Two squirrels, really. No, three. Well, four main squirrels, and a bunch of others.  I’m publishing this page of the website on August 26, 2014, the official release date for the book, but it’s a work-in-progress and I hope to add more to it over time.

Where did it come from? A few years ago, I was working on another project when the phrase “the squirrel who cried wolf” popped into my head.  Out of nowhere. It made me laugh, and I wrote it down.  A few weeks went by, and it still made me laugh, so I started making up a little story. And the story grew and grew.

I wanted the story to have drawings. I have drawn lots of people, and a fair number of dogs, but I had only drawn squirrels a couple of times.  I wanted the drawings to be sort of cartoon-y, graphic novel-y:

talons

Also, it wasn’t going to be the kind of book where the squirrels wore clothing, so it took me a little while to work out how to distinguish one squirrel from another:

TstsI decided one squirrel could wear clothing, of a sort. An acorn beret:

acornberetThat was Chai. Here’s how he looks in the drawings in the book:

thebobcatBit by bit, the drawings piled up.  I have three big bulletin boards in my studio, and I pin drawings up on them as I do them:

bulletinboardOf course, there’s more to this book than pictures. There’s a story — a story about friendship and courage and adventure and danger.  And friendship again. I had a lot of fun writing it.  I hope you have a lot of fun reading it, too!

Related Activities:

I hope to put lots more activities here in the months to come. For starters, here is a really interesting 4:22 TED talk video by Shubhendu Sharma on “How to grow a tiny forest anywhere.”

Okay, I’m having trouble getting the video to embed. So for the moment, the best bet might just be to search for “Shubhendu Sharma TED talk how to grow a tiny forest anywhere.”

More to come!

And here is a link to a blog post I made with a variety of squirrel and acorn-related activities.