Leopold

Although Leopold, departmental supervisor, is one of the busiest monkeys at Sanity Creek, he is always dapper and ever-so-charming.  He has raised the bureaucratic arts to an unattainable level, not merely due to the impressive height of his new desk.  Papers and reports fly over the surface of his mind: to watch him in the archives is to watch a painter’s strokes, or a conductor’s baton

After witnessing the beauty of Leopold’s artistry, never again will the monkeys belittle office work.  Without Leopold, we would be lost.

Jerzy

Jerzy has made a series of tiny drums.  All summer long, he follows the insects, with his timpani mimicking their sounds, stories, songs.  He memorizes them.  Winters he teaches the younger monkeys the stories, so that Sanity Creek will never lose the mythology of their small compatriots.

Fiona the Bold

Though several monkeys from Sanity Creek might rightfully be considered superheroes, Fiona the Bold actually is one.  A modern champion, Fiona the Bold has no need to cloister her true identity behind a mild-mannered façade.  Whoever touches her fiery exterior finds her energy and vim contagious.  Her particular gift is to warm those who are chilly, and amuse the unamused and unamusable.  Fiona the Bold achieves this by frequently standing on her head and reciting the alphabet of the stars (which, as many know, is markedly different from the Arabian, Cyrillic, Courtesan, Lovefounderling, and Juiced alphabets) in a moderately loud voice.  You know it when you hear it.

 

Inside Out Collection, Number 7.

Waterlulu

The waters of Sanity Creek wouldn’t be safe for swimming without Waterlulu’s supervision.  Why, just last spring, she helped eleven fledgling swimmers avoid peril when they got caught at Watercress Rapids, where, as you know, in 1921, an inexperienced unfortunate met his demise.  Though this was long before she was born, Waterlulu is haunted by dreams of that day, and in her dreams, the dreams which she does remember, she saves the little waif with her long and judicious reach.  When she is not on duty, you will find her training monkey lifeguards, or if it is near lunchtime, munching on toast and marilee sauce at the creek’s edge.

 

Inside Out Collection, Number 6.

Mavis

Mavis enjoys making trouble.  She speaks loudly in the library, despite being shushed.  And then there was the controversy over her footwear, which she denies was deliberate, but behold the facts:  While most of the monkeys of Sanity Creek enjoy their free, barefoot ramblings, Mavis showed up at the pebble painting party wearing combat boots.  Who knows where she found them.  She never said.  No laces, just the boots, flaring out at the top like odd tulips, repeatedly sliding off her feet, so she had to pull them up with each step.  It was weeks before anyone talked about much else.  But despite her prickly exterior, it is widely assumed that Mavis is the one who knits all the silky newborn monkey blankets, leaving them on doorsteps to be discovered with the morning dew.

 

Inside Out Collection, Number 5.

Martina

Martina is euphemistically referred to as the Night Gardener.  Because of her condition, she must be careful in sunlight.  So in addition to night-blooming Jasmine, she has discovered more than seventy new types of flower, including the rare Jamjam poppy.  Her plants thrive after the sun sets.  And there is always magic and mystery between each shadowed petal of her garden.  She likes the quiet, mostly.

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Inside Out Collection, Number 4.