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 –
Clementine was up and out of bed in a flash! She ran to thank her mom and dad. Dad was cooking lunch. “Dad! Thank you so much for the metal monkey!”
Dad waved his hand, “Later, Sweet Pea! I am busy.”
“Where is Mom?”
“She’s gone to work. We can talk later, Sweet Pea.”
Clementine was sad. She left the kitchen. Sitting in the hallways was the monkey, steam softly puffing from his ears!
She went to her knees, she leaned down and hugged the monkey. “Oh, monkey, you’re the only one who cares!”