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 –
The monkey rocked back and forth, then waddled down the hall.
Clementine followed. She said, “Where are we going, Monkey?”
The monkey climbed back up the stairs, but it was slow.
Clementine picked it up and ran back to her room. She put the monkey on her toy chest and said, “Now what, Monkey?”
The monkey waited, steam fogging its leather ears. Clementine cried, “You want me to get dressed!”
The monkey whistled a happy song as Clementine dressed quickly. This would be a busy day!