Then came a more goosey goose. And slime. (Left it rough and uncolored because I learned you're expected to submit it that way*)
It's an improvement. Still, when I showed it to an art director, she pointed out that my art could be more dynamic: too many pages were using the same staging. And shouldn't there be some kind of background?
Here's a new version (the blank space at the bottom is where the words go.) Each character is trying to trick the other, so I played that up. Or tried too. I'll probably rework this page- and the others- a lot more before I dare submit this anywhere.
*Technically, you submit a mock-up version of your book with rough art, plus a few separate samples of how the art would look when complete.