September 13, 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 –

The steam monkey ran out the window and on to the ledge like a metal and leather cat.
“Wait for me, monkey! Wait!”
The monkey sat for a moment, then whistled hard and jumped from the porch to the bushes below.
Clementine was up on the rail before she knew it. She stopped for a moment, then followed the monkey over the edge, covering her mouth with both hands as she fell!

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