School Program Story by Tyrion Perkins
Michael talked about where ideas come from. In his book “Just a Dog” he made the dog part Great Dane, but scared of thunder and the little cat next door. His idea of the dog being scared of a large pink panther toy came from his own nephew being scared of the toy. “I think I’m scared of that too,” said one of the boys. Michael had several dogs growing up and took stories from them such as him fainting at the vets, and one dog hiding under the garage floor and his father having to pull up the floorboards to get the dog out. That dog hid there to have puppies, but it made an interesting story for Mr Mosely. He showed us some of the illustrations and covers from different language versions.
His book “Eric Vale” started with a typing mistake. His daughter thought it sounded like a character from one of his books. He also showed us how his son, Joe, illustrated the Eric Vale books, including some caricaturing Michael. Joe had to practice drawing the characters, then send them to the publisher to be approved. It was interesting to see their evolution.
Blogging Team 2017