SCOOP is about a retro ice cream truck. For lots of summers, children came running to buy his small vanilla cones. But now, Scoop is having a hard time competing with the new ice cream trucks that sell fancy flavors like rum-raisin and bubblegum. They even have new types of ice cream like dots and flash frozen.
For the art in SCOOP, I wanted to highlight the original flavors of ice cream—to give the art a taste of the retro colors in ice cream flavors like vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. Spunky’s red ball suggests a cherry.
Here is the mint-flavored page!
I think of this spread as being minty-fresh. This is the moment when Scoop meets Spunky and his life is soon to be refreshed.
Here is the creamsicle page— orange on the outside, and vanilla inside. Getting to play with a joyful little girl after all his years of working is like a dream come true for Scoop.
There is chocolate fudge sauce running down, when Scoop’s world comes apart. Scoop is in a sticky situation.
At one point Scoop transforms himself into a ‘cool’ truck with neon cones that zoom around. First, I created a watercolor explosion of ice cream flavors — lemon, cherry and raspberry.
Then I used Photoshop to apply this watercolor explosion to the big new cones on Scoop’s roof.
On the final page spread, when Scoop and Spunky get to the mountains, I dropped this same watercolor explosion into the trees. The fall trees become brilliant with ice cream colors. Then I placed the cherry on top!
Here is a SCOOP seek-and-find for you! One of my favorite pages is the coffee-flavored page. There is a pattern on the coffee page that gives it away! Can you find it?
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Here is Darlene’s review of SCOOP:
“Scoop, the old and reliable ice cream truck has been around the city blocks many summers selling his vanilla ice cream cones. Things are changing though. Newer, fancier, flashier ice cream trucks are moving in. How can Scoop compete with waffle cones, jumbo sundaes and twenty-seven flavors? Is it time for Scoop to put away his cones and head for the mountains? Young readers will enjoy the lively and colorful illustrations that enhance the story’s message: We all have a place and being yourself is an awesome thing.”
Patricia Keeler is the author-illustrator of SCOOP THE ICE CREAM TRUCK and LIZZIE AND LOU SEAL, both published by Sky Pony Press. She is the Christopher Award winner for her illustrations in WOULD YOU STILL LOVE ME IF and first place winner of New York Book Festival.
SCOOP THE ICE CREAM TRUCK Coming April 3
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