Who cares about the environment,
imagination, and role models anymore? Well, lots of people do but most of
them don't seem to be of voting age. When I worked as a teacher, and later
as a school administrator, it was a delight to see that children were
concerned about the world their parents would deed them. These kids were
constantly involved in searching for environmental role models to emulate.
That experience was the germinal idea for, INLAND.
This is the story of Frank and Joe, two boys who explore a strange
underground world in search of their cat, Bougainvillaea. Along the way
they encounter a different culture; one that thrives upon onions. The
people of INLAND are rewarded by their society with verbal praise. Praise
makes people grow in stature. Seeing this as a way to rule over his fellow
INLANDERS, the Big Cheese encourages his friends to give him praise until
he is of big enough stature that he takes over. Frank and Joe save the day
when they are able to cut the Big Cheese down to size.