I dug through my kids’ bookshelves this morning to find the copy of IF I SHOULD DIE that I gave to my daughter (6 yrs old) when I showed her that I had dedicated it to her. The reason: I’m dedicating AFTER THE END to my son (7 yrs old), and, based on the fact that they always want to have THE SAME THING, thought his dedication should be similar.
Much to my surprise, I saw that Lucia had done her own book art inside her copy of IISD. Isn’t it perfect?
I especially love the turkey/chicken/peacock (we’ll just call it Mutant Fowl), because its inclusion on that page is shrouded in mystery. Maybe Mutant Fowl stands for strength, joy and love to a 6-year old. Or maybe Lucia wished there were more animals in the book. I’m not going to ask. I have a feeling it’s one of those mysteries that’s better left unsolved.