How did you decide what each each page would look like?First, we did a storyboard and decided the general outline for each picture and what illustrations would best tell the story.
How long does it take to make the illustrations?The time varies for each illustration, but they usually take several hours.
Tell us a little about the process of making the illustrations (How Sculpey works).
I start by making the backgrounds and then make the characters and other details. Sculpey stays soft until it's baked, which allows me to make some changes to the illustrations if I change my mind about something.
What do you remember about the incident that inspired this book?
I do remember when the mouse ran into the garage, but I didn't actually see the mouse. I was 5 years old.
Is it easy to work with your big sister?
It's pretty easy to work with her...most of the time.
About the Book
Martha Squirrel made her journey down the big hill seem like a grand adventure. But what happens when Carrie Mouse disobeys her mama and explores the giant garage?
Inspired by a true story, Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage tells the story of a young mouse who gets trapped in the garage of the human house at the bottom of the hill. Beautifully illustrated with clay sculptures, this is a book you won’t want to miss!
About the Author
Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Books have always been a big part of her life, never more so than when working at the local library. She is the author of several middle grade novels including the Time Captives fantasy trilogy and one YA fairy tale retelling novella entitled Twisted Dreams. Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage is her first picture book.
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About the Illustrator
Rebekah Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia with her parents, sisters, and yellow Labrador named Sophie. She has been working with Sculpey since age nine, and sells her creations in the Klay Kottage Etsy shop. She also creates and sells stuffed animals and knitted goods. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, and playing cello and piano. Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage is her first book.
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