My son and I have collaborated on five books including: My First Train Book, My First Fire Truck Book, My First Space Book, and ABC Train. As we wrote our last book my son, José, began telling his own stories from time to time. On one particular occasion I had my phone handy and captured him telling a fantastical and nonsensical adventure he called The Fire Truck and the Moon.
When José finished telling his story, he turned to me and asked if I would “make it into a book for the iPad.” Of course I said “yes” and that evening I began creating an animatic using his audio and some sketches.
I showed him the video and he watched it a million times (not a hyperbole).
And that’s how it began.