Aimee Bender's Willful Creatures is a collection of short stories written in magical realism. Some of her creations feature the tale of a woman raising potato children, a family of pumpkin heads struggling to raise their iron-headed son, and a small man who is captured then sold as a companion at the pet store. Her writings are light and comical while often carrying a darker tone.
The book sleeve was inspired by End of the Line, a short story featuring a small man who is bought and tortured by a regular sized man. The small man often daydreams of traveling home but fears the front lawn of the large man's house – to him it is a formidable forest.