01 August 2007

BJ's Dream

An excerpt from The Boomer Sisters In The City, the third volume in the Boomer Sisters series. It's almost ready to be sent to the illustrator... and the finished book should be ready by Christmas (if not sooner).

In this scene, the older sister (BJ) has a dream. Jekka is her younger sister. The imagery probably makes more sense if you've read the first 1/2 of the book, but I think you'll get the general sense...

That night, BJ dreamed she was riding a silver unicorn through the streets of New York City. Jekka was with her, dressed like Tonto and singing Silver Bells over and over again. They came around a corner and found a tall, skinny, bald man in a gray suit. He had huge paint brushes instead of hands, and they were dripping with white paint. He moved his arms up and down, laying wide strips of white paint on every building he could reach. The paint made the buildings disappear, and BJ somehow knew that if he painted the whole city, Jekka wouldn’t be able to sing.

A tiny man in a brown robe appeared. He was carrying a bell, and he winked at BJ, then began running towards the paint brush-handed man, waving his bell over his head and ringing it loudly. The little man rang his bell louder and louder, but BJ’s alarm clock woke her up before she found out what he was going to do.

3 comments:

Michelle said...

Great imagery. Can't wait to see the illustrations to go with the writing. Ella's just getting old enough to appreciate having chapter books read to her, so its just about time for an order!

Deb said...

I'm so excited to read the whole thing!!!

Dan said...

Thanks so much! One thing I LOVE about that scene is that after I read it to my oldest daughter, she looked up and said "the alarm clock was the bell in the dream." Yes! I was so hoping she'd catch that!