I had always wanted to do a book with magic spells. I imagined a sort of Harry Potter primer for little ones. I am an author/illustrator and could see a path to fame and riches. This book is about a pet store in which the pets turn the customers into fish so as not to get sold. They want to stay together.
One of the problems was I couldn’t stop Mr. Rumple from taking over the book. He was so endearing and more interesting than the protagonists. Children mostly don’t want to read about adults in picture books. You can see this fun magic romp for free in my gallery in a slide show.