Friday, February 27, 2009

Creative, Yes. Hygienic, Not Exactly.

Emily Gravett's award-winning children's book, Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears, was created with the author's blood, sweat, and tears--and another extra-special ingredient.

Gravett wanted the pages of her book to look as though they'd been nibbled on by mice. So she let her two pet rats, Button and Mr Moo, go to town on a piece of paper. They nibbled all right, and after lunch, they decided it was time for a bathroom break. Their urine colored the page yellow, giving it a "properly ratted" look that Gravett loved. So she scanned the chewed-up, peed-upon page and used it as the background for her illustrations. Smart AND disgusting! I love it!

(As you might imagine, the book is dedicated to her pet rats, both of whom are now in rodent heaven, surrounded by cheeses of the world.)

More here!


Anonymous Peace Peeps said...

Uh . . . okay. That's cool.Ish. Where's the Kiki 3 excerpt? Please?

6:37 PM  
Blogger Dahlia said...

Uh, that's just kind of gross. I don't like rats. :P

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Dakota Blue said...

I say cool, the divas at my school say "oh god!", and the other people say I need therapy. Either way, WE MUST ALL SEE THE EXCERPT! YES! BRING ON THE EXCERPT!

9:18 PM  
Blogger Irregular Kiki said...

Emily sure is strange...
Emily the strange........
I like Emily the strange.
Because I am strange.

5:37 AM  
Anonymous Nellie said...

Bleach. But it was a good idea. (I'm just glad she scanned it and didn't use the original copy.)

9:04 AM  
Anonymous Dakota Blue said...

This may be very random, but (clears throat) (takes deep breath) (Notes if people are watching) AHHHH! SUGAR SUGAR SUGAR! AHHHHH! (Runs around room like mainiac) (Should I have mentioned the Kiki Strike movie online?)

11:13 AM  
Blogger Kitty said...

I wanna see if I can buy that next time I stop by a bookstore... *D

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Opal End said...

How did you get the idea for Kiki Strike? (Just asking. Oh, and if the kid with the watergun comes back, tell him I moved to Kansas.)

12:12 PM  
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