November 8, 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 – OK, just realized that I wrote something entirely different for #5 than I thought I did. So…this is going to be where the story SHOULD have gone. If you don’t mind, ignore #6 above!

It was a good thing Clementine covered her mouth.

If she had not, it would have been open as she fell into the rain water tub!

She might have drowned. Instead she was dripping wet.

Hanging from a tree with one hand, the steam monkey laughed, then hurried out of the courtyard and into the street.

Clementine waited a moment…

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