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CCan you tell us a little bit about the story in THE GREAT PUPPY INVASION?
Alastair: Sure! The Great Puppy Invasion is about the day that hundreds of puppies suddenly show up in little Teddy’s town of Strictville – a no-nonsense, no-fun town that has NEVER seen puppies before. From there, colossally cute chaos ensues.
What materials did you use to make the illustrations in this story?
Kim: A lot of picture reference and trips to the dog park to be inspired by puppies and dogs. The illustrations were then first sketched out on paper in pencil and then redrawn and painted in Photoshop.
What’s a page from the book or an excerpt from the story you’re really excited for readers to see?
Alastair: One of the first things that popped into my brain, after I had the initial idea for the story, was just how silly and ridiculous puppy behavior actually is when you stop and think about it – especially if you have never experienced puppies before. With that in mind, one of my favorite parts happens early in the book when the townspeople are trying to get rid of the puppies and attempt do so by throwing STICKS at them. I don’t want to give too much away, but you can probably figure out how the puppies respond when people throw sticks their way ;-).
Kim: For me, I’m pretty excited for readers to see the pages with piles and piles of puppies! They were so much fun to illustrate and there are lots of little fun little details added in on every page. Hopefully readers will see something different every time they pick up the book.
Aside from hundreds of adorable puppies, what’s something you’d love (or fear) to see invade a town?
Alastair: Not that I would ever compare myself to Lego Batman, but he and I do have one fear in common – Snake Clowns. I’m not actually afraid of clowns at all, but if hundreds of snakes gained the intellectual wherewithal to dress as clowns and invade my hometown, well then, that would be my last day in town. Sorry, Mom.
Kim: I would love a prairie dog invasion! They’re so much fun to sit and watch, I would never get anything done.
Is there anything else you’d like readers to know?
Alastair: My favorite kind of puppy is a Whippet puppy. My wife and I have had three of them over the course of our marriage and their names were Pike, Daisy and Dopple.
Kim: My dog, Whisky, who was a puppy at the time I was illustrating the book, was an inspiration for one of the little puppies in the story. See if you can spot the little border terrier puppy bounding about.
Thanks for sharing the cover of THE GREAT PUPPY INVASION with all of us!
Alastair Heim is the author of Love You Too, No Tooting at Tea and The Great Puppy Invasion. He lives in Missouri with his wife and three cuter-than-puppies children…if he does say so himself. Visit Alastair online at alastairheim.com
Kim Smith has illustrated several books, including the picture book version of Home Alone. She lives in Calgary, Alberta with her husband, Eric, and her terrific terrier, Whisky. Visit Kim online at kimillustration.com