A tom thumb format for this rather sophisticated little story about some of the important modern inventions which are familiar parts of a house. Told in an amusing, chattering style, this is the story of poor Mr. Rouse, who had such trouble finding the right kind of house plans, plumbing, light and a clock. Through Mr. Rouse's search, the reader learns about some of the old inventions for carrying water, telling time etc., as well as how some of the modern inventions work. With charmingly whimsical drawings by Franciszka Themerson, this is an ingenious approach to the mysteries of spout and spigot. But first of all for general jollity.