Very funny, and certainly cute. It would seem that you're taking the series in a different direction than I had assumed, so it's about time I stopped looking at them through the lens of "Well I would have done it this way..." :) I would have kept up the whole throwing sticks into perilous situations thing, but you've of course gone for a story-driven route, and you are indeed quite good at spinning a charming little yarn.
I enjoyed the new music, and I liked the use of the pages to tell the story. I found the story quite relatable, and it also moved at a nice pace along the way to keep me interested and guessing where it would end up. And of course the ending was lovely. :D My only ciriticism is something I've whined about before, and surely will again :P, and that's for a little more interaction from the artist character. I thought its interaction in this one was quite fitting and progressed the story well, but I still wish we had seen a bit more.
Anyway, very good job as always, and I look forward to more!