Ratchet Ringtail is famous for his zany inventions in the Kendra Kandlestar series and in the fifth and final book, he’s come up with one of his zaniest yet. It’s the snifferoo, which is essentially like a tape recorder—but instead of recording and playing sounds, it records and plays SMELLS.
This gadget has been in the story for a long time, and I’ve been doodling concepts for its appearance for over a year . . . but nothing has really taken shape until recently. I’ve looked at phonographs, old-fashioned radios, and even tea kettles to get inspiration. I want it to look cute and dangerous at the same time (the snifferoo seems to behave like a naughty robot throughout the story). Here’s a snapshot of my workspace, showing some of my designs so far.