9781567921564

How to Attract the Wombat

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    9781567921564

  • ISBN10:

    1567921566

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-10-01
  • Publisher: David R Godine Pub
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Summary

Will Cuppy is one of the greatest humorists this country has produced and is still (despite eleven printings of his imperishable The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody) too little known. Here is one of his three classic "How-To's," considering notable birds and animals whose habits (and often existence) seem to have disturbed Cuppy ("Birds Who Can't Even Fly," "Optional Insects," "Octopuses and Those Things"), as well as more mundane creatures like the frog, the gnat, and the moa, who have no visible vices but whose virtues are truly awful. Spanning the breadth of the animal kingdom, Cuppy neatly classes his observations for easy reference: Problem Mammals, Pleasures of Pond Life, Birds Who Can't Sing and Know It.Included with 50 shorter pieces are longer meditations like 'The Poet and the Nautilus," "Swan-upping, Indeed!" and "How to Swat a Fly," which codifies the essentials of this simple activity in ten hilarious principles. All this, plus over 100 delightful Nofziger drawings!But the seat of honor is, of course, occupied by the Wombat, the nocturnal star of three essays. Whether asleep in Rossetti's silver epergne or tunneling under the lawn, the wombat never fails to fascinate Cuppy, clearly supplying his alter ego for the animal kingdom.

Table of Contents

Are Wombats People?
3(46)
Mammals For Beginners
The Mouse
11(2)
The Squirrel
13(2)
The Rabbit
15(2)
The Armadillo
17(2)
The Porcupine
19(4)
Advanced Mammals
The Tapir
23(2)
The Llama
25(2)
The Great Anteater
27(2)
The Yak
29(2)
The Wart Hog
31(4)
Problem Mammals
The Opossum
35(2)
The Kangaroo
37(2)
The Koala
39(3)
The Tasmanian Wolf
42(2)
The Bandicoot
44(2)
The Wombat
46(3)
The Poet and the Nautilus
49(46)
Pleasures of Pond Life
The Frog
71(2)
The Toad
73(2)
The Salamander
75(2)
The Newt
77(4)
Octopuses and Those Things
The Oyster
81(2)
The Clam
83(2)
The Snail
85(2)
The Octopus
87(2)
The Squid
89(2)
The Sea Serpent
91(4)
How to Swat a Fly
95(56)
Insects for Everybody
The Ant
103(2)
The Bee
105(2)
The Cricket
107(2)
The Mosquito
109(2)
The Gnat
111(2)
The Butterfly
113(4)
Optional Insects
The Beetle
117(2)
The Firefly
119(2)
The Ladybug
121(2)
The Flea
123(2)
The Fly
125(2)
Swan-upping Indeed!
127(6)
Birds Who Can't Even Fly
The Ostrich
133(2)
The Emu
135(2)
The Kiwi
137(2)
The Moa
139(4)
Birds Who Can't Sing and Know It
The Pelican
143(2)
The Duck
145(2)
The Goose
147(2)
The Swan
149(2)
More About Wombats
151(12)
Appendix
The Scorpion
163(2)
The Earthworm
165

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