barry wolverton

A superb — or should I say absurd? — addition to the library! For children between the ages of 0 and a million. 

My one slight disappointment is that “The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo” is omitted, probably b/c of length, but you should fly to your favorite search engine to read how Lady Jingly is wooed with such brilliant stanzas as this:

“On this Coast of Coromandel
Shrimps and watercresses grow,
Prawns are plentiful and cheap,”
Said the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo.
“You shall have my chairs and candle,
And my jug without a handle!
Gaze upon the rolling deep
(Fish is plentiful and cheap);
As the sea, my love is deep!”
Said the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo,
Said the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo.