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 knew she would sneeze.
She sneezed at dogs and cats. She wheezed at birds and fish. Frogs were no good. Turtles were bad.
She said, “Ah...”
The bird’s eyes got big, the cat held its breath, the fish stopped its moving around.
The frog froze in place, the turtle lay in the sun. The steam monkey’s nose shot steam into the warm, sunny air .