An Australian import that celebrates the continent's wildlife with a fantastic tale about Grandma's life ""nowhere much near anywhere/That shows up on the map."" In rollicking doggerel well-seasoned with place and animal names, Base details Grandma's house, ""a jumbled maze of tin and canvas,/Bits of string and wood,"" where she entertains the rambunctious beasts till the day she flies via pelican to the sea--and then disappears on her blow-up horse while her friend the wombat sleeps. Though the verse is forced (and not as funny as it might be) and the detailed sepia drawings accompanying it seem flat and static, the alternating textless double-spreads bring the creatures and their antics--in both natural and unnatural habitats--to three-dimensional life in richly glowing colors. There is a key to 22 of these animals on the endpapers; they're probably worth the price of the book.
Pub Date: Jan. 26, 1987
Page Count: 44
Publisher: Australian Book Source (1309 Redwood Ln., Davis, CA 95616)