Monday, September 21, 2009


The countdown is over! Our book is out!


Capybara balloon CHALLENGE

So, after we posted about Caplin Rous, our favorite capybara, Caplin's owner challenged us to make a capybara balloon!

We checked the internet first, to see if anyone had ever made one, and NO ONE HAD! Or hadn't posted one, anyway.
So we set out to do one.

First Elizabeth tried it the usual way.

But the balloons were too skinny, and capybaras are not skinny AT ALL.

Then Emily tried a couple of things, using two balloons, one to make a round body and another one for the head, legs and tails.

We popped a few balloons.

Finally, we settled on a modified "bicycle helmet" twist for the body, and added a nose, ears and tail. We figure advanced balloon makers who have lots of different types of balloons could do something fancier, but this suits us just fine! And Caplin put it on his blog!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Capybara fever!

We CAN'T BELIEVE we forgot to blog about Caplin Rous!

Caplin is a capybara, which is a really big animal that looks like a guinea pig but weighs a hundred pounds. They come from South America.

Melanie Typaldos got one for a pet when Caplin was a baby. Then she wrote a book about cats and capybaras called "Celeste and the Giant Hamster."

We went to the Buda library to see Caplin at a book reading. He did great! He even jumped up on Melanie, like he missed her even though she was right there!

We had met Caplin before, at a party for when he was on Animal Planet. Emily got to feed him blueberries. Elizabeth wanted the book so we ordered it on Amazon. Maybe we can get Caplin to sign it! Visit Caplin at his site!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Book Trailer!

Elizabeth decided she would be the one to do the book trailer and show everyone how to make a balloon animal bee!

She messed up a LOT. We might even do a bloopers video. But here it is! Get a balloon and make one too!