Saxton Freyman received his first jacknife on his eighth
birthday, which he used right away to carve his very first
pumpkin. Years later, he used that same knife to create many
of the characters in Play With Your Food, this time
with fewer injuries!
Saxton and his wife, Mia, started eeBoo Corporation, which
makes really cool, and fun products like growth charts, cookie
cutters, and stacking blocks. It was through Mia that Sax
learned about Joost Elfer's idea of doing a book on carving
veggies. Together, they immediately began working on Play
With Your Food and Play With Your Pumpkin.
Joost Elffers began creating books in the early 1970's. Since
then he has come up with really fun books full of imagination,
like Oragami, Cat's Cradle, and Anamorphoses
and the Games of Perspective. In 1978, he created his
first fruit characters in Die Radieschen Maus im Kaseloch.
Since Joost is a foreigner, he was not too familiar with
the Halloween tradition of carving out jack-o-lanterns. He
was surprised to see that Americans never noticed the cute
nose pumpkins already have-their stem. With his friend, Saxton
Freymann, he started the book Play With Your Food.