May 18, 2012


The idea for this starts with a story I tried to write about a thieving monkey who took keys and used them to unlock its cage. That was it. The story was called BRIGHT FLASH THE MONKEY’S PAWS. It was my third or fourth attempt at writing a picture book – and it was really bad. With the advent of the genre of steampunk, I started rethinking the story. Here it is – it will shortly replace my last picture book manuscript, SNAPPER XING

Clementine sneezed at dogs and cats. She wheezed at birds and fish. Frogs were no good. Turtles were bad.

Clementine could have NO PETS!

One day when she woke, at the end of her bed was a metal monkey. It had no fur. It had no scales. It had no feathers or slime.


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