A twenty-eight-year-old horse is not likely to be a live horse, but if he is alive, the chances are he will not be particularly frisky. Even so, Paul and his two friends, Jessica and John Thomas, manage to have quite a lively day with sleepy old Herman, when they decide to take him on a little trip across the river. Their wagon, which has been converted for the occasion into a boat, leaks, and Herman, having just been fed a great dose of salt, obligingly bails. When this device does not work, and the boat sinks, it is tired old Herman who rescues the children. This story of a lackadaisical horse with a straw hat, illustrated with whimsical drawings by the author, sustains comic force throughout, and never departing from the realm of possibility, it moves brightly along the brink of hilarious nonsense.