By Brandon Dorman
Coming up with new characters can be an interesting process. Most times I start with familiar images, but if I push, explore, and revise enough, they always get better. This is what happened with our giants. We started with typical ogre-ish big bodies, but I remember talking with Virginia, Steve, and Sylvie at the time and wondering if we could push the box a little. So we set out on a journey to find the most perfect, big-fun-cute giants we could.
We wanted them big . . . but able to dance. We wanted them to be cute, as well. Cute is key in the world of picture books.
Our very first color version of the giants looked a little too Sesame Street–like. The second, just too weird. The third, not nimble enough.
While exploring a possible character for another series, I drew up a character I called Razz. For kicks, I sent him over to Virginia. Turns out he was just what we were looking for in Giant Dance Party!