‘Cos I really love love love you. Especially those wrinkly doleful eyes. Not to mention that fabulous looonnnng trunk. But really it’s your giant feet I dig the most. Pretty please. Just say yes. I know we’re worlds apart. But what the heck. It doesn’t matter. We are talking about LUV.
So sorry little snail. I mean you’re super cute and all and I do admire your flat-footedness and that spirally adorable shell. But the sad truth is we are awfully different. I mean, I must be a million times bigger than you. Look, fact is, I am just too busy. Farrrrr too much going on.
OK. It’s a big secret, but I’ll let you in. I am going on a book tour this spring. Soooo excited. You see, it’s pretty exclusive.
Hey! Can I come?
Sorry, little friend. It’s only for animals who are in FIRECRACKERS. You know, that book that Zaro wrote and that Jo painted the pictures for.
But, Elephant! Whoa. Hang on a minute. I am in that book, too. In fact, there are quite a few poems where I am the featured player. And Zaro asked me if I could go on the tour, as well. So we could both go!!!!! And we could get engaged. And we could be happy forever after. What do you say?
Well, Snail. That all sounds kind of cool. And heck, size doesn’t matter. In fact, nothing matters when you are in love. (blushes) I love you, little snail.
Awwwwwwww ( blushes, too) And I love you.
Hey Clem, any idea where we’re going?
Not a clue. All I’ve heard is something about a publicity tour for Firecrackers.
Cool. I’ve memorised my lines. I know those doggie poems by heart now. How ’bout you?
Yeh. I’m good. I’ve got my barks all lined up. I hear we’re going to visit some kids in schools and do our ‘Let’s Run Away’ rap. I am soooo ready.
Meeee too. Let’s get this train rolling!
All artwork (drawings) on this site are courtesy of Jo Riddell (copyright) Text and photos are courtesy of Zaro Weil (copyright)
ZaZaKids Books is grateful to a few extraordinary individuals who have put their hearts into this fledgling company.
Jo Riddell, the illustrator for Firecrackers, is the same person (Jo Burroughs) who created the wonderful illustrations for ‘Mud, Moon and Me’, over 25 years ago. We count our lucky stars that she agreed to do this book. Jo’s work is an inspiration. She has endowed every page with passion, meaning, and beauty.
Roy Johnson has been a fantastic voice of publishing know-how; gently nurturing and guiding ZaZaKids like the experienced pro that he is.
Louise Millar is a design genie who not only created magnificent covers for our first two books, but who managed to conjure up seriously elegant and imaginative pages.
Judith Elliot (pen name; Our Wonderful Mrs. Picky and long time dear friend) has dedicated much of her time brilliantly editing the book, giving it form, and ensuring that the Firecrackers text is absolutely ship-shape.
Martin West, CEO of Troika Books, has generously taken ZaZaKids Books under his wings, making sure that the company has a good chance of having it’s voice heard.
Lisa Dempsey of lisadempsey.com in Brooklyn is a close friend and inspiration. She has created a beautiful website for ZaZaKids and is always on hand to help with…well… anything.
Jane Wayne, poet extraordinaire from St Louise, has looked over these many of these pieces for years: always with her keen poets eye and always offering subtle, kind, and spot-on critiques.