Actually, I don't think living in a bubble is a bad thing. In fact, I hope my books give kids a few hours in a bubble. I want kids to laugh despite what's going on around them. I want them to spend time in a world where the bad guys get their comeuppance in the end. I want them to find refuge in a world where the worst thing that can happen to you is a really big burp.
When I started the Magic Bone series, I wrote it because I thought seeing things from a dog's eye view would be fun. But now I see it may have a greater purpose--introducing kids to other cultures, and allowing them to see that while people may look different, speak different languages, or eat different foods, they all have the same needs, wants and desires. They all want to feel safe in a family, have a purpose in the world, and be surrounded by friends and love. If they can see that, maybe the next generation won't hate people because they are different. Maybe they will embrace them, learn from them, and find joy in their company.
Okay, I know this is lofty language coming from someone who truly is known for turning a girl into a hamster, giving a boy a magical burp that makes him leap up on tables and do the hokey pokey, or creating a robot who thinks laughing your head off literally means tearing off your head. But it is the truth. MY TRUTH. When kids ask me why I write children's books I tell them all the same thing. I write because I want them to love to read and to love to laugh. In the scheme of things, I think that's a pretty noble thing.