Monday, February 16, 2009

Glow-in-the-Dark Bunnies

You had written two Tardy Boys books and needed to come up with a third. Your publisher asked that the third book take place in the fall and have something to do with either Thanksgiving or Halloween. A turkey seemed like the obvious choice for the next animal co-star (an animal usually co-stars in these books). But a turkey also felt a little too obvious and overdone.

You were discussing this problem with a special friend and her children one evening. Was there an animal that could be associated with Halloween? You asked. Her 12-year-old son said, “How about a glow-in-the-dark bunny?”

You said you’d rather write about a real animal. He insisted that glow-in-the-dark bunnies were real. And then he showed you the glow-in-the-dark bunny website:

The real glow-in-the-dark bunny is named Alba. They call her a fluorescent bunny. The man who “invented” Alba says that she’s a work of art. All you know is that she was created by mixing glow-in-the-dark jellyfish DNA with cute white bunny rabbit DNA.

You live near Long Island Sound. Sometimes at night in July or August, an oar pulled through the water will reveal dozens of small, round greenish glow-in-the-dark jelly fish.

And so Is That A Glow-In-The-Dark Bunny in Your Pillowcase was born.

You have since heard that there are glow-in-the-dark cats

And glow-in-the-dark pigs

Mr. Bill says, “Must have been something I ate.”

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