Pussyraptor @ copyright 2004 Paul Olsen
& Andrea Smith
Pussyraptor? What's Pussyraptor?? WHO'S Pussyraptor?
She is the most delightful
and loveable children's character since Pooh bear. A sort of
(very big) little girl dinosaur/dragon with the darling mentality
of a two-year old girl. She grows magical berries for all her
friends, and secretly takes care of them by giving them JUST
the berry they might need. I created Pussyraptor in conjunction
with Andrea Smith, a young, very bright, and delightfully wacky
woman who lives in the middle of Kansas with her wonderful imagination
and a huge dog named Lyra...who I think she should rename Toto,
but what do I know? I have a complete book of stories about Pussyraptor
and her crazy friends, plus another full-length book on the origins
of all our Christmas traditions (that Pussyraptor's friends invent
quite by chance, of course!) called, "A Pussyraptor Kris-must."
This book is packed with rich, colorful imagery, and will make
a perfect full-length animated feature for little ones (and big
By the way...the word
"Kris-must" comes from the beautiful blonde Kris Kringle
who took care of all the animals in the Black Forest, especially
in the wintertime, when they needed extra help. Kris would dash
here, and Kris would dash there, talking to herself: "Kris
must feed the deer! Kris must take care of the rabbits!"
Kris must do this, and Kris must do that...and so wintertime
became known amongst all the animals in the forest as "Kris-must"
time! This was the story told to the excited Pussyraptor who
was looking forward to seeing the REAL Santa Poyyo on his flying
I am currently having
Pussyraptor and her friends designed by Stephen Lewis, a top
animator here in LA, and when we get all the characters "right"
we will start on the illustrations, and I'll then make presentations
to publisher's and to Disney, Dreamworks, Fox, and anyone else
who is looking for top animated feature material that will become
a seasonal and episodic animated classic. The illustrations for
the children's books will be painted by Jerianne Van Dijk of
Grass Valley...whose work I just love.
Below are some first
sketches of the other characters:
will be an instant classic, and you will soonly see Pussyraptor
this and Pussyraptor that all over the world. She is charming,
she is sweet, she is simple and innocent, she is cute, and she
is delightful...and...she is funny! An absolute darling, and
I can't wait for her to emerge! Her friends are Donk, her inseparable
woodpecker companion who perches on Pussyraptor's horn-thingies;
Poyyo, a practical chicken who builds things; Deeta, a beautiful
girl who keeps things organized amidst the charming chaos surrounding
our characters; Fingers, an artistic raccoon; Meerkat, a zany,
hyper meerkat who does everything 100 miles an hour; Sarah Dactyl,
a very chic, elegant pteradactyl of "a certain age;"
Speedbump, Pussyraptyor's pet glow-turtle; and the cider ducks,
who raised Pussyraptor and make apple cider for one and all.
Here is the
very first "establishing" story (meant to be read to
children at bedtime):
in the Forest
by Paul Olsen
© copyright 2004 Paul Olsen
Pussyraptor was sleeping with her head buried in the sand at
her sleeping place by the Donking Tree in the forest, and woke
up from the sound of Donk donking away at the Donking Tree early
in the morning, as he did EVERY morning like clockwork, DONK-DONK-DONK!
Only with her head in the sand, it sounded like "DNK-DNK-DNK!"
In fact, Donk was Pussyraptor's personal alarm clock. He slept
on her upturned tail, and was the very first creature in the
forest to wake up. And you know what it's like to be the only
one awake in the morning, don't you? You want everyone else to
be awake, too, right?
So did Donk.
Pussyraptor pulled her head out of the sand, gave it a good shake,
and yawned a BIG yawn, and stretched a BIG stretch. Oooohh! That
felt good! DONK-DONK-DONK!
"More-rings, Donk-see," said Pussyraptor sweetly, looking
up at him.
"DONK-DONK!" donked Donk.
Pussyraptor stood up and bop-toddled off, a little unsteadily,
to tend her berries deep within the forest, which she did every
day, bop, toddle-toddle, bop, toddle-toddle.
Once Pussyraptor was satisfied that everything was in order with
her berries, she bop-toddled through the forest down to Deeta's
house on the edge of the big clearing to get her watering can,
her new ribbons, and her berry basket for the day; bop, toddle-toddle,
bop, toddle-toddle, bop, toddle-toddle, BOP! This girl had rhythm!
Donk had finally finished his morning donking, and alighted on
Pussyraptor's horn-thingies to spend the day with her. They were
When she got to Deeta's, Pussyraptor pressed her nose up to Deeta's
window and snurfled against it, getting it all fogged up with
her breath, snurfle-snurfle, leaving her nose-print on the glass.
She looked inside, willing Deeta to wake up, SNURFLE-SNURFLE-SNURFLE!
Donk had a better way to wake Deeta, but when he tried it once,
he got into Big Trouble because he donked Deeta's window and
broke it! Glass went EVERYWHERE! Deeta threatened to turn him
into a doorknocker if he ever did it again, so Donk kept his
ideas to himself after that.
Deeta was snuggled up in her feather bed, all cozy under a huge
comforter made of even more feathers given to her by Pussyraptor's
good friends, the cider ducks, who raised Pussyraptor. Deeta's
long, blonde hair peeked out from under the comforter.
Pussyraptor said, "Dee-ta!.wake-wakes!" at Deeta's
Deeta didn't move.
Pussyraptor shouted, "WAKE-WAKES!"
Deeta moved this time! As she woke up, Deeta saw Pussyraptor
at her window, snurfling away, and smiled. She was "Deeta"
to everyone in the forest, because Pussyraptor couldn't pronounce
her full name.
Deeta threw off the comforter and looked at the window. Behind
the glass was silly Pussyraptor snurfling away, smiling, with
her horn-thingies twizzling and Donk trying to keep his balance.
Deeta got up and opened the window. Pussyraptor smiled and poked
her head inside, forgetting Donk was on her horn-thingies, and
accidently drove Donk's donker into the window pane above, SPRONK!
Poor Donk fluttered furiously, but he was well and truly impaled!
Pussyraptor looked at Deeta and blinked her big blue eyes, *blink-blink*
and said, "More-rings, Dee-ta!" *Blink-blink*
Deeta smiled at Pussyraptor and said, "Good morning, Pussyraptor!
Are you waiting for your ribbons and your basket?"
Pussyraptor blinked and said, "Huh?"
Deeta smiled and said, "Ribbons? Basket?"
Pussyraptor nodded enthusiastically and went, "GWACK!"
*blink-blink* Her horn-thingies twizzled around on top of her
head and she smiled a big Pussyraptor smile, *blink-blink*
Deeta went outside to the porch and opened the tall cupboard
containing Pussyraptor's ribbons and baskets. Hanging inside
were seven colored baskets, one for each day of the week, and
HUNDREDS of ribbons of every color there was! Pussyraptor withdrew
her head from Deeta's window and bop-toddled around to the front
of the house, leaving poor Donk helpless, fluttering and scraggling
to try to free himself. Pussyraptor got very excited when she
saw all the pretty ribbons glittering in the sunlight.
Deeta looked at the ribbons, picked out two, and said, "Yes,
I think these ones will do nicely!" Pussyraptor blinked
happily as Deeta tied the new shiny ribbons in great big bows
on her horn-thingies and said, "There, Pussyraptor, you
look VERY pretty today!"
Pussyraptor blushed and blinked several times, *blink-blink-blink*
"Sank yoos..... bas-ket, Dee-ta?" said Pussyraptor.
"Oh! I almost forgot! Of course! Sorry, Pussyraptor! Let's
see.....today is Tuesday, so it's the...pink basket!" Deeta
handed Pussyraptor her pink berry basket. "Oh, and let's
not forget your watering can!" Deeta handed Pussyraptor
her watering can with flowers painted on it, and she was all
ready to go. Pussyraptor smiled and said, "Sank yoos, Dee-ta!"
"You're very welcome, Pussyraptor!" said Deeta. Pussyraptor
paused, and was thinking very hard of something. "What is
"Poy-yo?" she asked.
"BAD Poyyo!" said Deeta, with a frown.
Pussyraptor tried to screw up her face into a frown like Deeta's,
and then she said, "BAD Poy-yo!" and thumped her foot,
THUMP! Deeta's whole house jumped, and all the ribbons came off
their hooks, two windows broke, and Deeta's chimney came apart
and bricks started rolling off the roof falling all over them.
"Duck!" yelled Deeta.
"GWACK-GWACKS?" said Pussyraptor, looking around.
"No, not ducks, Pussyraptor, DUCK!" More bricks came
tumbling off the roof.
"GWACK!" said Pussyraptor, bricks falling everywhere.
"No, I didn't mean quacking ducks, I meant.......oh, never
mind, Pussyraptor....but PLEASE try not to thump so much, you
shake everything to bits! Now I'll have to get Poyyo to come
and fix my chimney."
"Well, I suppose he won't be so bad if he fixes my chimney,"
"Hmf!" said Pussyraptor, and turned to go. She heard
a commotion from the side of the house and peeked around the
corner to investigate. It was poor Donk, fluttering and flappering
and scratchering and pullering and.....
"GWACK!" gwacked Pussyraptor as she bop-toddled over
to him. She grabbed hold of Donk and pulled with all her pullies.
Nothing happened. She pulled even harder.
BOINK! went Donk, as he popped out of the woodwork, his eyeballs
rolling around. Whew! He fluttered onto Pussyraptor's horn-thingies,
and they bop-toddled off together.
Deeta looked around at the mess her house was in and started
giggling. "When Pussyraptor thumps, everything comes apart!"
she said, and started laughing at how silly Pussyraptor was.
Just then, Meerkat came racing up Deeta's front porch steps,
screeched to a halt and tripped over, crashed into Deeta's porch
swing, got to his feet quickly and surveyed the damage. "Wow!WhatAMess!
Here,I'llHelpYouCleanThisAllUp!" Meerkat always talked a
hundred miles an hour. He did EVERYTHING a hundred miles an hour!
He wore a little rucksack filled with nuts that would give him
energy, and he reached in his rucksack, gobbled a few nuts, shouted
"Gwackadoo!" and raced around, ZOOM! SWISH! ZOWIE!
putting ribbons back on their hooks---though they were now all
mixed up---cleaning up the glass, stacking all the loose bricks
in a neat pile, and making the place look almost good as new
in about two minutes of frenzied tidying. "Right!That'sTakenCareOfThat!Now,I'llRunOverToPoyyo'sAndAskHimToComeOverHere
QuickAndFixYourChimneyAndThenWeCan StartPlanningTheBig Picnic!
ZOOM! Meerkat shot out of the house before Deeta could say "Shergonkle!"
and raced across the clearing to Poyyo's tree by Lake, on the
other side of the clearing.
SAW-SAW-SAW, BANG-BANG-BANG went Poyyo as he was building his
treehouse. Meerkat screeched to another halt under Poyyo's tree,
but just missed his stopping place and bumped into Poyyo's tree,
hurting his head. "Ow-eee!" he muttered. He looked
up and called to Poyyo, "Poyyo?"
BANG-BANG-BANG. "What?" said Poyyo, BANG-BANG.
said Meerkat, huffing and puffing.
Poyyo stopped his banging and started laughing. He peered down
at Meerkat. "We've got to DO something about Pussyraptor's
thumping....she'll destroy the whole forest!" Poyyo chuckled,
"Well, she certainly keeps ME busy! OK, Meerkat, let's go
and fix Deeta's chimney, shall we?" and Poyyo climbed out
of his tree.
As they walked across the clearing, Meerkat ran circles around
Poyyo, describing Pussyraptor's thumping, and how all her ribbons
came off their hooks, her baskets fell in a heap, two windows
broke, and the chimney came down all over them when she thumped.
Not to mention broken dishes all over the floor. Meerkat said,
"Oh, she can't help it, Meerkat....she just thumps when
she gets excited or frightened. It's an involuntary reaction,"
"It'sAWhat?" asked Meerkat.
"It's an in-vol-un-tar-y reaction.....something she can't
help doing...just like when you can't help getting so excited
all the time," said Poyyo.
"Oh," said Meerkat.
Just then, they both saw a huge pile of sparkling, colorful ribbons
lurching towards Deeta's. They could just make out a fluffy,
ringed tail peeking out from under the pile. It was Fingers,
the raccoon, bringing a new load of ribbons to Deeta for Pussyraptor.
Meerkat ran up to the bundle of ribbons making its way across
the clearing. "Fingers! IsThatYou?" said Meerkat, trying
to peek through the mountain of ribbons.
"Mm-hrmfph ssiss mrrr, moo ringgwrong!" mumbled the
"What?" said Meerkat.
"MM-HRMPH SSIS MRRR, MOO RINGGWRONG!!!!" said the bundle.
"ICan'tUnderstandYou," said Meerkat, "You'reNotMakingAnySense!
Who'sUnder There???" Meerkat prodded the bundle, prod-prod.
The bundle stopped, splonched down a little, and then........KAFLOWIE!
ribbons went flying everywhere as the bundle 'exploded,' scaring
Meerkat, who jumped back ten feet.
"OF COURSE IT'S ME, YOU DING DONG!" shouted Fingers,
ready to strangle Meerkat. "Now look what a mess you've
"IDidn'tMakeTheMess," said Meerkat. "YOUMadeIt."
"What!!??" said Fingers?
"I KNOW WHAT YOU SAID, MEERKAT!" shouted Fingers. What
I meant was, YOU caused ME to throw the ribbons all over, making
"That'sRight,Fingers," said Meerkat, "SoYouSee,YOUMadeTheMess!!!
"Grrrrrr!" grrr-d Fingers.
"What?" said Meerkat.
"Never mind, Meerkat," said Fingers through gritted
teeth. "Are you going to help me clean this mess up, or
"Sure!" said Meerkat. "Gwackadoo!" ZOOM!
SWISH! ZOWIE!! Meerkat raced around like greased lightening and
had all the ribbons piled on top of Fingers, covering him completely,
before Fingers could even move. "There,AllDone!" said
"Hrrammff oooh," mumbled Fingers from under the bundle.
"What?" said Meerkat.
"HRRAMMFF OOOH!" mumbled Fingers, louder.
"IStillCan'tUnderstandYou!" said Meerkat.
The bundle slumped and went quiet. Meerkat leaned towards the
bundle so he could hear better.
"AreYouInThere,Fingers?" asked Meerkat. He prodded
the bundle again.
The bundle began to shake. Meerkat stepped back. Then it shaked
some more, and more, SHAKE-SHAKE-SHAKE! and then.........BLAM!GERFLOOGE!!!!!!
ribbons exploded in all directions, some of them landing in the
nearby trees. Fingers stood there, shouting, "THANK YOU!!!"
then raced after Meerkat, his arms outstretched ready to strangle
It's a good thing Meerkat was too fast for Fingers, or that would
have been his Last Day! Ever!
Sarah Dactyl soared over the clearing and looked down at all
the trees covered in ribbons. "Tut-tut....this will NEVER
do!" she said. "The forest is so....untidy! Where will
it end? I know where it will end, and it will never do! Soon,
everyone will want to decorate trees with ribbons, and twinkly
kinds of things just for fun. Then they'll want to bring them
inside their houses! I know how these things happen! From little
acorns, big oak trees grow! Tut-tut!" and she soared off
into the clouds.
Deeta came out of her house and saw ribbons scattered everywhere.
The trees were filled with them! She looked at Fingers, who was
leaning on the water well outside Deeta's front porch, completely
out of breath. "What happened, Fingers?"
"What happened?" asked Fingers, looking around at the
mess, thoroughly fed up.
"Yes, what happened?" smiled Deeta. This was going
"Well, I'll tell you what happened," said Fingers.
He took a deep breath. "You see, I was making my way across
the clearing, carrying all these ribbons for Pussyraptor, when----"
"Ooops! Hang on, Fingers! I can smell my cake burning....look,
why don't you get Meerkat to clean up this mess....he's good
at that sort of thing!" said Deeta as she raced inside the
house to rescue her cake.
Fingers stood there, staring after Deeta. "Get Meerkat to
clean up this mess? Get Meerkat To Clean Up This Mess??? GET
MEERKAT TO CLEAN UP THIS MESS???!!!!!!!!! RRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!"
and Fingers slumped down, lost his balance, and fell into the
It was not his day.
Pussyraptor had just returned from the forest with her morning
basket of berries. She stopped by the well and leaned over, looking
down at Fingers, *blink-blink.* "Ber-ry, Fings?" she
asked, sweetly, *blink-blink.*
Fingers stared up at Pussyraptor and groaned. He said, "Pussyraptor,
can you please get me some help so I can get out of this well?"
Pussyraptor cocked her head and said, "Huh?"
Fingers was ready to give up. He started sobbing and giggling
all at once. Pussyraptor stared at him and knew there was something
wrong, so she bop-toddled over to Deeta's, who was just putting
her cake out on the porch to cool. "Dee-ta?" said Pussyraptor.
Deeta was concentrating on balancing her cake on the porch rail,
so it wouldn't fall.
"DEEEEEEEEEETTTAAAAAAA!!!!!!" said Pussyraptor, loudly.
Deeta put her cake down and looked up. "Yes, Pussyraptor?"
"Fings....well!" said Pussyraptor, excitedly.
"Yes, things ARE well, Pussyraptor! Look at my cake, it
came out really well!" said Deeta, proudly.
"No-nose....Fings....WELL!!!!" said Pussyraptor, pointing
frantically to the well, her eyes big as saucers.
"Oh!" exclaimed Deeta, hands to her cheeks. "Fingers
has fallen in the well?"
"GWACK!" gwacked Pussyraptor.
Deeta rushed to the well as everybody else came running. Meerkat
zoomed up to the well before anybody and said, "WhatHappened???Huh?Huh?"
"Fingers has fallen in the well! We have to get him out!"
Poyyo was going to unhook the bucket and lower the rope, but
before he could, Meerkat had already pulled out the stop, and
the bucket rocketed down the well and landed on Fingers's head,
CLANNNGGG! sending him underwater, BLUB-BLUB-BLUB, while the
spinning crank knocked Poyyo out, GRONK! "JustGrabTheBucketAndJumpIn
AndI'llPullYouUp!" shouted Meerkat, leaning over the well.
But Fingers couldn't hear him.......he was underwater.
Meerkat jumped on the rope and slid down, ZIP! to the bucket,
reached underwater and dragged a very wet, bedraggled Fingers
into the bucket. "OK!YouCanPullUsUp,Now!" shouted Meerkat.
Deeta and Pussyraptor grabbed the crank and started winding them
up. When they got to the top, Deeta and Pussyraptor helped poor
Fingers out of the bucket, as Meerkat hopped out and ran to get
a towel ZOOM! SWISH! Poyyo was just coming to, rubbing his sore
head, and looked like he wanted strangle Meerkat as well. Meerkat
was back in a flash and dried Fingers all over, while Deeta cradled
him in her arms and asked if he was OK. Fingers opened his eyes,
and said, "Yes, I'm OK..thanks, Deeta."
"Don't thank me, Fingers," said Deeta. "It was
Meerkat who saved you!"
"What?" said Fingers.
"Meerkat saved you," said Deeta.
Fingers slumped in Deeta's arms, groaning, and looked over to
Meerkat. Meerkat smiled and said, "WantSomeCake?"
Pussyraptor clapped her hands and went "GWACK!"
And so another day passed in
the clearing in the forest.
was brought up by the cider ducks (who make the yummiest apple
cider), and thought she was a duck until she found out she was
a Pussyraptor. Try as she might to say "quack," the
nearest she could get was "Gwack!" She wasn't real
good at swimming (she sank), either. And flying....well, though
Pussyraptor had little wings, they didn't work! But she grew
the bestest berries in the forest and kept all her goofy friends
well supplied with her goods. These stories are filled with a
delightfully chaotic, disorganized madness blended with abiding
friendships, permeating wholesome goodness, and personal interaction
that children love. All positive, fun stories.
vocabulary will become part of the English language: "Hi-lo"
for "hello," "Bye-gones" for goodbye, "Gwack!"
for just about everything, "Gone-ses" for "gone,"
The cider ducks!!
There are also
a series of "origins" stories...as an example, Pussyraptor
is sitting with Meerkat (after a frantic snorgleball game), who
wears goggles and a little knapsack filled with nuts to give
him energy as he ZOOMS! SWISHES! and ZOWIES! all over the place.
Deeta makes butter by mashing up Meerkat's peanuts and spreads
it on some fresh-baked bread and hands a slice to Pussyraptor
to hold. Then she mashes up some of Pussyraptor's berries and
spreads the jam on another slice and hands that to Pussyraptor.
Deeta asks Pussyraptor if she would like some cider. Pussyraptor
claps her hands in excitement...and invents the peanut butter
and jam sandwich!
Pussyraptor © copyright 2004
Paul Olsen & Andrea Smith
There are three more pages
of stories....if you are an established children's publisher,
or an animated feature producer and wish to read the seasonal
classic special, "A Pussyraptor Kris-must," please
the button at the bottom of the last page and I will send you
I hope you enjoy these magical