Chris Gall’s newest children's book hasn’t even been published yet, but it’s already been optioned by DreamWorks Animation. The book is Dinotrux, a creative mix of two of kid’s favorite subjects (just guess what they are.) It remains to be seen how the concept will progress from here, but with Chris' quirky character designs we can already imagine how much fun this project will be.
Dinotrux the book will be published in April by Little, Brown. In the meantime, Chris Gall has published this tongue-in-cheek faq on his website:
Q: How did you think of the idea for the book?
A: I was stuck in a construction zone one day and I watched an endless parade of big, heavy earth moving trucks lumbering down the road. Their giant wheels reminded me of dinosaur skin and I think I saw one look at me. I began to think that maybe the trucks had ancient ancestors-- and they evolved over millions of years into the friendly, helpful trucks we have today.
Q: What did Dinotrux eat?
A: Trees, bushes, shrubs, rocks, stones, pebbles and poultry. And the occasional slow-moving caveman.
Q: You say you own a Ford pick-up truck. Have you ever seen it exhibit any unusual behavior?
A: Although local investigators will declare the case offically closed, I can tell you that once my truck was found honking uncontrollably while perched on the roof of my house. Apparently, I had neglected to fill the radiator and he was upset.
Q: Why did you use "bearskins and stone knives" to create the artwork in the book?
A: Because pterodactyl wings and sharpened sticks were unavailable.
Q: Why did you choose the colors that you did for the illustrations?
A: Because millions of years ago the earth was still fiery and dangerous and I wanted the world to look that way.
Q: Were there any girl Dinotrux?
A: Yes, in fact there were. But as we all know, boys tend to be the troublemakers, while girls tend to exhibit good sense and sound judgment.