Leonard the Lemur

A few years ago I wrote an early elementary book about a little lemur. The lemur’s name was Leonard and he LOVED lighthouses. Now Leonard was raised by a sweet lady who read to him and taught him about all sorts of things, and when he was old enough to move to the zoo she still came to visit him often. I have always loved this book and intended to edit, illustrate, and include lemur and lighthouse facts. However, by the time I finished Stone Dragon 1 and 2 and thought to take a break for Leonard, the old computer had lost most of his story again.

I felt dejected and upset at myself, so I went back to my dragons and tried to remember what I had lost with the lemur. Fast forward 2 years. I am sitting at my desk observing while a classroom full of 22 students takes state tests. Suddenly, a little lemur begins to dance across my mind again. Not to give me the story I had already written, but to show me how it began. So I wrote a new book. A picture book prequel. Leonard the Lemur Who Loves Lighthouses. 

A few days later came the realization that I would have had to re-write the 1st (now 2nd) book anyway, even if it hadn’t been lost, because it is actually TWO books! So Now my illustrator (Mom) is really going to have a load of work to so this summer because there are 3 early literacy (hopefully leveled) readers to get done. Leonard the Lemur Who Loves Lighthouses, Leonard the Lemur Takes a Trip, and Leonard the Lemur Finds His Home.

Each one will come complete with a small section of facts about lemurs, lighthouses, and other animals/areas he encounters during his adventures.

I am SO EXCITED to get this project back up and running again.

I always look forward to hearing what you think. Leave a note and let me know!

May your inspiration lift you up from the mundane and let you dance in the clouds today!

Leonard the Lemur

This is the first little bit of a young readers book that I’ve been working on. I had actually finished the book and compiled a few of the sources for the back pages (I want this to be an educational source on animals for early/emergent reader classrooms) and then my computer lost all but the first little bit. I have recently begun to work on it again and wanted to share what I have so far. Please let me know what you think!

 

Leonard: the Lemur who Loves Lighthouses

Leonard was a lemur.  A ring-tailed lemur to be exact, with a black and white face, a gray body, and a black and white ringed tail that let him swing from the branches of the tree that held his favorite tire swing.

 

Leonard lived in a cozy tree house at the zoo and loved to swing through the branches making faces at all the kids who came to visit him.  But Leonard didn’t just want to stay there, playing all day.  His most secret hope was to go to the ocean and see a real lighthouse.

 

You see, when Leonard was a little lemur he lived with a woman who would read to him every night before bedtime.  They would read books of fairy tales, books about other kinds of animals, and even that other monkey who lived in a city apartment far away from Leonard’s own Oklahoma home, but the books that Leonard liked best of all were the ones that told him about the ocean.  They would read about dolphins, pirates, manatees, even alligators, sharks, and octopi, but Leonard especially loved tales of lighthouses and their keepers.

After a few years, when Leonard had grown up a little bit, the woman who read him books told Leonard some very sad news, she was moving and could no longer keep the little monkey.  Leonard was moved to a wildlife refuge zoo near their hometown, where he had a treehouse filled with sea shells and pictures of lighthouses.

 

Princess Power Nap and the Crib Creeper

As you read this please do me the favor of keeping two things in mind:

1) I just finished this first draft so I know that it takes a bit longer than a children’s story should. Any suggestions are appreciated (though may not be taken!)

2) I want to turn this in to a picture book type of story but don’t usually write for that age group!

 

Thank you and please enjoy Princess Power Nap and The Crib Creeper

 

Aithne is your typical toddler; early to rise, late to sleep, and energetic all the day through. She loves to play and slide at the park and no matter where she goes, Aithne takes Silly the Clown doll and Bongo the monkey with her. Even though she is a smart and lovable little girl, no one ever suspects the truth about the sweet little ball of fire. The truth is Aithne is Princess Power Nap, the most powerful force for good in all of Babydom!

Naptime:

“Aithne, time to lay down,” The Queen…known to the world as Mommy, won’t hear of letting her play just one more time. “One more turns into ten more and it’s bedtime before you ever get a nap!”

Waving bye bye to her scattered playthings, Aithne gives in easily and runs to settle onto Mommy’s lap, she had read the signal in Bongo’s face and knew it was time for work. These things have to be timed carefully though, because no one can know who Princess Power Nap is, not even the woman in charge.

As soon as the door clicks behind Mommy, Aithne’s dream self leaps up and whips on her purple and green cape. A formidable opponent in her tiara and tights, Princess Power Nap is ready to face down whatever bad guys are bombarding Babydom. With Silly, the clown doll who never blinks, to keep an eye out for nightmares, and Bongo, the big eyed buffoon, ready to pounce on perps, Princess Power Nap marches through the doors of the Crib Castle and flies off to locate this new disturber of dreams.

The problem, however, is not out in the land of Babydom, but right there hidden in the corner of her very own castle…the Crib Creeper! (bum bum BAAA).

Rubbing his hands together sinisterly, the Creeper begins to tip toe around Princess Power Nap’s high class high rise of a castle, admiring the dark wood paneling and cute artwork on the walls. Everywhere he touched, things began to ooze, melting together or changing size and shape. Pictures of favorite book characters begin to melt into multi-hued puddles on the plushly carpeted floor, pony statues begin to twist and kick until they no longer resemble themselves, no one’s shadow is doing its job, and still the Crib Creeper continues to do his. You see, the Creeper is hides in a child’s half-sleep, causing them to see those things that, in the light of day, aren’t really there. Delighting in destroying her home base, The Crib Creeper is so engrossed in his work that it is too late to run when Princess Power Nap lands in front of him, Bongo creeping up to shout his sonic buffoon boom and knock the Creeper back onto a partially melted bean bag chair. Princess Power Nap quickly tied the melted strands of a doll’s hair around the mischief maker to hold him in place.

“Well, well,” She giggled, “It looks like we have a visitor. Sorry the room is such a mess.”

“I love messes,” Creeper sneered, “I love to make them into your worst nightmares!”

“Not today Creeper,” Silly leaned over and stared him down with her unblinking eyes, “I’m watching you and we’re on to your game! Time to clean up!”

Using her dream enhanced Princess Powers, Princess Power Nap snaps her fingers and presents the Crib Creeper with broom and dustpan “Mr. Creeper, around here, we clean up our messes. No one’s Mom picks up in Babydom!”

“I’m not going to pick up my wonderful mess!” Creeper shouts, snarling menacingly at the trio, “You can’t make me!”

“Oh yes I can!” Princess Power Nap flicks her wrist and the bonds around Creeper tighten and turn until he is standing upright, the broom jumping to nestle against his palms. Another wave of her fingers and The Crib Creeper’s arms begin to swing back and forth, tidying up the mess he had made.

With every twitch of the broom’s bristles, Creeper fades a little. He now looks like the outline on an unused coloring page. “We might not have to even cage this one!” Bongo whispers excitedly to the Princess. As soon as his words hit the air, an alarm begins to rock the crib.

“Princess Hurry! Your mom is on her way here!” Silly squeals, twirling her ponytail to create a tightly woven cage for Creeper keeping. “You must return now!”

One last hurried flick throws Crib Creeper into the cage before Princess Power Nap grabs her friends and flies out of the crib’s lid, her tiara falling to the floor moments before the cape gently wafts onto the couch.  The Creeper had just enough power left to throw a ball after his nemesis as she flies home to the waking world.

 

Naptime’s Over!

“It’s been incredibly quiet today,” Mommy muses, wondering down the hallway. “Maybe I should check on Aithne and make sure everything is ok.”

Nudging her daughter’s door open, Mommy hears a *THUMP* and giggles before nudging open the door as Aithne groans and says in her little girl pitch, “Mommy, I stuck!”

Crib Creeper had managed to hit knock her over into the crib bars, her little legs hang dangling on the outside of the bed. But Mommy knows what to do, they don’t crown you the Queen for nothing after all! Quicker than you can say ramalamadingdong Aithne Grace and all of her friends are freed from the bars and set loose to roam the halls…keeping both worlds safe for everyone!

 

Cab Driving Baby

Running down the open road, taking my fares where they go

I’m gunning up and down, with a rabbit, a cat, and a clown.

The rabbit jumped out at the playpen, the clown didn’t get past the toy bin,

The cat is still hanging on, with the cab stuck in her claw.

 

I’m a cab driving baby, an ottoman my car,

I’m a cab driving baby, I go really fast but I can’t get far.

A cab driving baby, all my toys go hide,

A cab driving baby and I’m taking my cat for a ride.

 

ESTyree (for my Monkey as she learned to walk)

7/24/13

 

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Silly Saturday

Silly Saturday

Tomorrow is Superbowl Sunday…woo. Seriously, we don’t have cable or satellite and I would probably only watch for the commercials anyway, but I have a lot of friends who will be GLUED to the television and their smart phones. They will be making sarcastic comments and gloating over every little good move their teams make on social media, so that their friends will feel the sting of their one liners.

So today, before all of that yearly good-natured nastiness gets in the way–BE SILLY!

While you cook those snacks, do Random Dancing!

Start a pet bowl with whatever handy toy and animal are lying around near each other in your house (my cat is playing with her tail caught in my daughter’s basket. She LOVES IT)

Imitate animal noises and jump around as a guessing game…(we do that daily around here!)

Most of all, Have FUN! and GO SPORTS ;D