Pen and Ink Project
Illustrate a cover for a childrens book called “Red Wagon.”
All Lucy wants to do is play with her brand-new, bright red wagon. But her mother has other plans for her - and the wagon. Lucy must go to the market and buy vegetables for dinner. Lucy doesn’t want to do chores! But she sets off for the market nonetheless, hauling her red wagon with her. Before long, her ordinary trip becomes a high-seas adventure, a ride through outer space, and a day at the circus. As long as she has her red wagon, not even chores can get in the way of Lucy’s fun.
Lucy wants to play with her new red wagon, but her mother asks her to go to the market: “That sounded like a chore. Lucy didn’t want to do chores.” In the company of her friends, though, the errand becomes a string of adventures. You see Lucy and her friends with their encounter with a rainstorm (the wagon becomes a boat atop a huge wave); their visit to the market (a circus, with Lucy tossing fruit to a bear on a trapeze); and the wagon’s collision with a rock (a space voyage, with wagon as spaceship and vegetables as celestial objects). The contrast between the matter-of-fact text and whimsical interpretations gives the book its momentum; the last line—”Finally, Lucy was free to play with her wagon”—accompanies a portrait of Lucy asleep inside.