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That Is Not a Good Idea!

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Author: Mo Willems

Brand: Balzer Bray Harperteen

Edition: First Edition


  • Balzer Bray Harperteen

Number Of Pages: 48

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Release Date: 23-04-2013


How Ideas Become Good Ideas: A Note from Mo


The first step to figuring out a story is your characters. And with each book, I go through hundreds of sketches that aren’t used. Here are a few that I did in the early stages of That Is Not a Good Idea! for Hungry Fox, Plump Goose, and the Baby Geese.


Purple Fox
Purple Fox: After I have a sense of a story and their characters, I start to make test sketches. It's my hope that the technique (the brushes, pencils, markers, or crayons) will give me an insight into who the characters really are.


Baby Geese
Baby Geese: This process goes on for a while (sometimes weeks, sometimes months). Even the character stylings that don't work help. The covering-the-eye pose from this test was used in the final book, even though the characters look completely different.


Goodwolf Sketch: We use butcher-paper as our tablecloth, so that our family can doodle every night after dinner. (You can see some examples on the Mo Willems Doodles blog.) All of the characters seem to have taken over this night's dinner (I saved the drawing for later reference).

UPC: 884243646658

EAN: 9780062203090

Package Dimensions: 9.8 x 9.5 x 0.8 inches

Languages: English

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