During the illustration process of publishing my book, “Jellybeans Morning, Noon & Night,” I discovered that the illustrator and I had a different vision of what the mother in the book should look like. To the left is the first draft version of the jellybean mom.
My first reaction was … do my hips look that big?
Having the children in the book to be representative of my kids, seeing this version of their mother gave me a good chuckle (kind-of). The illustrator wanted the mom to be a little “cooky.” I was OK with cooky, but the hips had to go!
After several different versions, we finally agreed on the mom that appears in the book. She wears jewelry (which I do occasionally), has her nails painted (which I don’t have done anymore) and wears glasses a little crooked (which I don’t need YET).
She isn’t me, exactly, but she is a great representation of a mom who loves her kids and plays along with their imagination and “brilliant plan” to eat jellybeans morning, noon and night. It is a brilliant plan, isn’t it?