You can't believe a word of it--the funniest assortment of dim-wits and deceptions and dilemmas ever pinned down. There's the watermelon rind that eclipses Noah's Ark, taking the whole town along, the boy who brandishes his sword so fast that no rain falls on him, the frozen carriage horn that stores music for a thaw; also two simpletons who lose themselves, seven lying contests, several small tall tales and one without an end. You'll recognize some and discover others that are similar, maybe marvel--with Mr. Withers--that exaggeration and obtuseness are universal jokes. An explanatory essay and notes on each of the stories (at the end) will interest adults; kids will get a kick out of the pert drawings. Absurdity from Africa to Tibet, pretested and foolproof.