Meet Maya. She’s a sweet little fuzzball who loves nothing more than to curl up in your pocket. At least during the day. When the sun goes down, that’s when the party starts!
Wait a second…what’s a squirrel doing in a dinosaur book? Well I’m glad you asked. So far, her kind is the first mammal discovered that nourishes her babies in utero with a placenta. A placental mammal. (humans, dogs, and elephants are also placental mammals) This is unique from marsupials like kangaroos, or egg laying monotremes like platypus. 🙂
My little girl keeps calling Maya a squirrel (she’s 3 🙂 ), but she’s a bit more like a tree shrew. Little Maya has sharp little teeth that are great for just about anything she can get her paws on, but bugs are her favorite. That slender nose helps her sniff them out in the dark. She has long arms and sharp claws that make her completely at home in the tree tops.
When you’re the size of a squirrel it’s good to be out of reach of giant dinosaurs!
Only four more color sketches to go! Though at some point I need to figure out what I’m going to do with the end pages and the back cover…
What are end pages? On a paperback book, you don’t usually get fancy end pages, but only have the white just inside the cover.
In a hardback book, the end pages are the first and last pages of the whole book, and one side is glued down to the hard cover. Many end pages are one solid color, or a basic patterned paper. White is most common with hardback novels or textbooks. But picture books will sometimes have illustrations on the end pages, which can be a part of the story itself.
In other, less interesting news…I’ve decided to take down the picture I was putting up between the COW and Picturebook Progress. I need to get this email thing figured out once and for all before I start posting up stuff like that all over the site.
Anybody happen to have any clue how to do the email newsletter on Mailchimp thing? Everybody says you need a list, that is, lovely readers like you who might want to see cute prehistoric critters right in your inbox. Convenient y’know…but maybe you don’t! Who am I to say? 🙂
In any case, it makes no sense to have a sign up page for something I still don’t know how to do…so I’m not posting that picture anymore for a while.
One step at a time.
At least Instagram is working. 😀 I see a lot of you lovely folks around here. Thank you for stopping by!
Coming Next Week…
This little critter may have a rough, pebbly outside, but she’s all soft gooey lovins on the inside. 🙂