This compilation includes previously published verse from Kuskin's Soap Soup (1992), Near the Window Tree (1975), and Something Sleeping in the Hall (o.p.). Dervaux's robust illustrations and a variety of typefaces--e.g., in ""If I Were a. . . ,"" the text shows both the curve of a bird's nest and the wavy lines through which a fish might swim--combine for a breezy collection, whose common theme might be demise. Jays get eaten, a hat is sat upon, a hog pigs out until he dies, and ""Rabbits/don't like rabbit stew./I don't blame them much,/do you?""--but even potentially morbid ideas are reduced to a chuckle by the figures who cavort through the colorful pages.