A. THE BIG STORM A Very Soggy Counting Book started to bud when Alexandra, (my editor at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) and I were having a phone conversation after her most recent plane trip out to visit her family. Alexandra mentioned how all the flights were canceled because of a big storm. Then I commented on how I can watch the animals outside my studio dash about just before a storm begins and take shelter in the old apple tree out my window. Then Alexandra said, "That would make a good counting book." That's all I needed to hear!