I think it’s impossible for someone who has ever been shopping for nursery furniture EVER in their life, to see the word SAFARI and not think of cute, pudgy jungle animals. That word is forever softened in my brain -- don’t blame me, blame Babies ’R Us.
Now that my little jungle animal is old enough to safari on his own (or at least pretend), it’s rare to find him trudging through the backyard, or the park, or to the dinner table any day of the week without his khaki explorer vest on and a pair of binoculars hanging around his neck. For this weeks illustration theme, Matthew joined me in raiding our bookshelf for a little inspiration, where we found a lot of pictures of terrible, toothy deaths offset by cute baby animals at play. Matthew peeked up at me from over a page where baby lions were crouching behind rocks and pouncing over one another, and asked if they play pretend like he does -- and from that outrageously adorable question, these guys were born.