During a recent roadtrip to Colorado my wife and I stopped to observe some petroglyphs in the middle of Nevada. While visiting this site a kangaroo rat came a-bouncing up to my slightly startled wife. She was rather taken with the fellow. It should be said in the name of preserving the kangaroo rat’s reputation that it is a rodent with no formal relation to actual rats (not that there’s anything wrong with that). They can bounce 7 to 8 feet and also store food in the pouches in their cheeks.
Anyway, I’ve been continuing to formulate and illustrate new children’s book characters and perhaps this traveling troupe might make an appearance in the Three Friends story I’m working on – or perhaps they’ll get a story of their own.