Rio Rancho Esther Bone Library’s summer reading board. The theme this year is Fizz Bang Read (with promo illustrations by the wonderful Dan Santat). I used materials found around the library to save funds. The tubes are paper towel rolls, and the scientifically constructed book was made by moi. Wax paper and Crayola crayons for the girl. Bubble wrap and yarn for the pot.
Words coming down the tubes are a part of the book’s text.
"…run through the streets. With each twist and turn the city appeared more like a maze. Jeff and Lewis passed a dump truck that had been flipped on its side. Smoke belched from the machine and leeched into the clouds.
“I wish we could fly!” Lewis’ cry rang through the empty streets. The warm stone glowed in his hand for a moment before pain skipped between his shoulders.
“Stop using that thing,” Jeff screamed. Lewis looked behind to see that Jeff had not been so lucky. His wings were on his ankles. He flopped uselessly ten feet from the pavement.
The kitten screeched in his fumbling fingers. It clawed at his hands. Listening to the terrible cries, Lewis could almost make out her words. The wizards’ spell was too strong for her to form real words. Jeff knew what she was thinking despite the spell.
“You’re right. This is a terrible idea.” She scratched his hand again just to show he’d gotten it wrong.
Lewis sped past them, up into the clouds. From high above the skyscrapers’ reach, he could see the smog. It oozed from the center of the city. Lewis thought of a clogged drain, full of slime and old hair.
The robots trickled out of the smog, quick as spiders. Lewis shivered at the thought of meeting one of those again.
“We’re not too far now,” he called out to Jeff.
“Ha! I knew this would happen. That really means we’re lost, doesn’t it?”
“I hate walking to school,” he grumbled.”