Rules of the House
Written by Mac Barnett • Disney Hyperion, 2016.
Sibling rivalry, a spooky cabin in the woods, and monsters. What could go wrong? What could be more fun to draw?
Making scary fun
I recently joined Mac Barnett on several school visits, and while he read his story aloud I watched a hundred kids react to a bear rug, tub, and potbelly stove as they attempt to catch and eat children. A boy clapped his hands over his ears, eyes wide. A girl covered her eyes with her hands, ears wide. All wanted to know what happened next.
Painting spooky pictures is quite a challenge. It's easy to go too far, or not far enough. I tried to make the monsters a bit goofy, so that if you saw them in broad daylight they would look ridiculous. The haunted house needed to be a nice, tidy cabin, free of cobwebs.
Scroll down for early sketches from the book. Click on any image to enlarge it.