Pinch and Dash Make Soup
- written by Michael J. Daley
- illustrated by Thomas F. Yezerski
- Charlesbridge Publishing, 2012
- 48 pp., full-color illustrations
- ages 5-8
- ISBN-10: 0-374-34913-4
- ISBN-13: 978-0-374-34913-4
Pinch is hungry, but he is too lazy to cook anything or walk all the way to the Chat and Chew. He imagines his good friend Dash is making something delicious, so he goes next door in hopes of being invited for lunch. Dash is cooking, alright, but he is making only “skinny soup.” The two buddies debate what goes into a good soup, and argue about each ingredient they add. Then Pinch goes a step further when Dash isn’t looking. Hilarity ensues! Pinch and Dash Make Soup is the first of two easy-to-read chapter books about friends with endearing personalities and strong opinions.
The editor and designer wanted me to imagine Pinch and Dash on my own. They believed that I should know what looks good, because I’m an illustrator. I like that responsibility, but it is also a lot of pressure. I wanted Michael (and you!) to like how the characters look.Many readers don’t know that authors and illustrators don’t usually work together on books. In fact, they may never even meet! That was the case for this book, because Michael Daley lives far from me, in Vermont. He wrote about these great characters in his story, but he never described what they looked like.
Just like Pinch and Dash disagreeing on making a good soup, the designer and I could not agree what made a good character. We never argued, but I showed her at least twenty different characters before she saw two that she liked. You can see the earliest sketches in the drawing on this page. In that drawing, Pinch is actually the tall one, and Dash is the short one. So, they have changed a lot. I expect they will keep changing as I get to know them better with each book.