DELETED SCENES FROM MY HEART IS LIKE A ZOO, BY MICHAEL HALL
One of my favorite things about watching movies on DVD is the possibility of watching deleted scenes. So, I’d like to take this blogging opportunity to share some deleted scenes from My Heart Is Like a Zoo. I had to choose twenty characters from about fifty contenders to get the book to its current form. Many were easily cast aside, but a few were hard for me to reject, having nurtured them from little scribbles to their almost finished form.
There is a quiet caterpillar wearing knitted socks in the final book. But a number of the characters tried them on too. I was particularly impressed with the octopus who managed to find a matching set of eight.
One character was rejected on a technicality. I so loved the simple little mountain goat and tried to sneak it in under the “lonely” category. Not convinced that there is anything particularly lonely about mountain goats, I placed it in a desolate mountain scene to emphasize the point. This turned out to be a major violation of the “no scenic background” rule. It was my own fault, really.
There are, of course, endless possibilities. I’m looking forward to seeing what schoolchildren come up with.
Happy 35th, Greenwillow!
Michael Hall is the author of My Heart Is Like a Zoo, which is being published this month. He is an award-winning designer whose work has been widely recognized for its simple and engaging approach to sometimes complicated problems. Michael Hall is the co-owner and principal designer at Hall Kelly, Inc., and lives with his family in Minnesota.