In FOOTSTEPS ON THE MAP, two kids go on an adventure, and we get to go with them.
The kids start in different places and each map their journey along the way. In a banner that runs along the bottom of the page, we see both maps being drawn in real time as the kids slowly come to meet in the middle.
I don’t usually dummy out my text when I submit to my editor, but I did for this book because I wanted to show what each spread might look like, with illustrations on top and the banner along the bottom.
My dummy was supremely simple: pencil on white paper, the two kids just stick figures. Since I imagined that each kid brought their dog with them, the dogs in my dummy were just stick figures, too.
Luckily, Oksana Drachkovska, the book’s illustrator, is a much, much better artist than I am. In her beautiful illustrations, the girl walks through sunny meadows with her happy, energetic, black-and-white dog. And the boy walks through mossy forests with his curious, playful orange cat!
Oksana’s illustrations capture the wonder of each journey, map in hand, and a dog—or cat!—beside you.