Julia's text goes: 'In the middle there's a fat one with big, biffy paws. Mummy says there isn't.' so I was busy sketching the child and koala together on the stairs, much like this following page (only still half way up, where koala lives).
Then suddenly it struck me - how did the child get past the little bear we have just seen on the previous page, commandeering the bottom step?
And I realised it wasn't just a problem for spread 3 - how did he get past the koala to be in the following image (the one at the top) meeting Big Bear? Uh-oh. We discover how he bribes the bears later, but don't know that yet.
I had a thought: perhaps the child could be peering through the banisters, so he hasn't had to pass little bear at all:
But now it makes even less sense that he would suddenly find himself at the top of the stairs for spread 4!
I could leave the child out of spread 4 altogether, but the bear won't easily fill the space, unless perhaps I lay him down. Another possibility is to include the child as a little vignette within the spread, telling the reader about the bears without actually being there: sort of 'reportage':
If I do this for the big bear page, I think I'll have to do it for koala too, otherwise it would be too weird, but there's plenty of space under the text...
What do you think? I rather like the vignettes, but will show Anderson Press both ideas, and let them decide which works best.