First bit of news is that I spent a lot of time writing up text and reading it to Sprout. When she wasn't saying, "Yeah, I know that, Mom," (because, obviously, I share and she listens when I discuss things with J), she seemed to be enjoying it.
I also figured out something that seems really obvious in hindsight. All this time I've been wondering what kind of style I should do or how to approach the (possible) style disconnect between an absurd creation and a real creature; and I started trying to suss this out by drawing the absurd when, in fact, I should have started with the realistic stuff.
This brilliant realization had to take backseat to another project, though.
Junebug's hooded sweater*:
I found someone to help me figure out the pattern. If I can complete the thing, I just may make another and do a photo tutorial because the posted pattern causes (has caused) a lot of people problems.
*It's almost too warm for a sweater here, but he'll need it in France in May.