I plan to request a completely re-conceptualized initial sketch for Grumbly Grumpadinkle in the next several days. I’m warming to the idea of making Grumbly a woman, and the little tyke a boy named Alex (which not-so-coincidentally is the name of my third grandson.) If so, I’ll probably add the name “Alex” to the title, perhaps something along the lines of “Alex and the Grumbly Grumpadinkle” (because the names of my first two grandsons are in the titles of two of my children’s books and grandpa doesn’t want to play favorites.)
Besides being able to name the book after a grandchild, I like the idea of having a key character be a mean, old, nasty woman who becomes nice. Men have Scrooge, the Grinch, and others as role models for becoming good, but I couldn’t think of any mean, old, nasty women who later became nice. Can you?