After the snailephant picture for the class, it was only a matter of time before I'd break down and do a finished drawing for an actual lunch note. And it seemed like the first appearance of the Big Bad was an appropriate place. My daughter had actually been asking if she would ever see the Monster King himself, instead of just his hand every so often. So I wanted to put a little extra into this one.
In a way, it also backfired, because she said everyone loved the big, finished page, and would I do them all like that. So I had to tell her that it took a lot of time, so she'd only get one note a week if I did it that way. So she graciously agreed to let me go back to doing it the regular way!
WooHoo! The 100th page! When I first conceived of the story, I had no idea that it would even get this far – I thought it would wrap up in a couple months at most. Along those lines, it's obvious to me now that this will extend into the next school year before it finally reaches a conclusion. When I mentioned this, my daughter seemed to think that it would never come to a conclusion, so she would just keep getting these as long as she took lunches (to, I don't know, college? She wasn't clear).
So, not too long from now, the Lunch Notes Project will be on summer vacation. But I'll get to that more as the end of the school year approaches.