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!
Clementine shouted, “You come back here!”
A pigeon landed on her foot, but Clementine didn’t sneeze.
Up on a stone wall, the steam monkey laughed at her.
She picked up the bird to throw it at the monkey and she still didn’t sneeze.