Part 1: Delivery and the Town's Children
|Image #1: Poor Melman the Mailman struggling to get the package delivered on time.|
|Image #2: The neighborhood children guessing what was inside the crate|
Image #3: This page was basically used as seen, with the exception of Wilbie, the town's book smart kid. Wilbie was originally going to be the best friend/sidekick to Bobby, but Otter seemed like a better choice to play a sidekick/fall guy. I still like the idea of the polka dotted gorilla . . . but that would have distracted from what was happening in the image -- which was the opening the crate.
|Image #3: The whiz kid, Wilbie, was edited out the book.|
Image #4: I thought by showing Bobby sharing the gumballs with all of the children, it would help establish Bobby as a very likable character. This was a cute page, one I wanted to keep for the book. But eventually this had to be cut out and replaced by a 2-page spread of the gumballs spilling out of the crate. The 2-page spread does a great job of showing the huge amount of gumballs flowing from the crate . . . far better than if it all happened on a single page.
|Image #4: Bobby sharing the goods|
[ Note: You can see Otter in the distance as an outcast; longing to be a part of fun - but he stubbornly refuses to be friendly. More about that in Part 2 tomorrow. ]
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