Years later, I realized that the visual style I developed for my "virtual toys" employs the same core ideas, drawing things with rectangles, triangles, circles, and simple curves instead of pre-canned graphics. This book must have been a huge influence!
I took directions from his book and taught the computer how to make 24 of Ed Emberley's creations. Computers draw things differently than people, but also I was able to make each animal into a little puppet.
If you'd like to learn how to draw these animals, and many more, get Ed Emberley's book! It's terrific for kids and grownups to learn on their own or together. (If you would like to learn about how I made these puppets and how you can make your own toys and games and art pieces, check out Processing and also my GitHub project page. You can also see the Director's Commentary I made on my development blog.)
Hope you like it!