It’s Straw! He's always rushed straight to the finish. But when his speedy streak gets the best of him, it takes a friend to show Straw how to drink in the amazing world around him.
A companion to Spoon and Chopsticks, this delightful story celebrates the joys of taking it slow.
Make it last, Straw.
Straw always rushed straight to the finish. But when his speedy streak gets the best of him, it takes a friend to show Straw how to drink in the amazing world around him.
Amy Krouse Rosenthal and I discovered it was especially fun working on books together. It was fun in part because of our manic brainstorming sessions. It was also fun because we shared a punchant: a mutual love of and respect for puns. So after a stirring Spoon in 2007, we picked up Chopsticks in 2009 to stick puns in that book, too.
After Chopsticks we went off to make books with other collaborators. But in those intervening years I wished for Amy to write another book in the Spoon series. I loved how she would bravely go outside the box—and then, from that boring old box, make something new, full of heart and soul. I wanted to be back in her orbit!
Now, much later, the wish for a new book with her came true. But not without bittersweetness. Straw is my final book with Amy because she died in March 2017 from ovarian cancer. We worked on this book during her illness. She joked it would be her “last straw” and now that line graces our book jacket. She was funny to the last. Straw.
Life’s too short. Straw’s about slowing down to enjoy the simple things in life. It is my hope—and Amy’s—for you and your young readers to take some time, slow down and read Straw together.
Behind the Scenes
Here are some development sketches I created while working on Straw. Click on the thumbnails to expand and read more about each.