Preposterous as it is, kids can well relate to the distress of Roger, a plump little tiger in a sailor suit and boater. The problem? His umbrella acts up, taking him on inconvenient little flights through the air that make him late for school; yet his mother makes him carry the offending object anyway, maintaining ""An umbrella is an umbrella. They're all the same."" Thus hooked by the oddness and unfairness of Roger's predicament, readers are bound to wonder where and in what kind of difficulty the uncontrollable umbrella will land its unwilling owner. The solution is as sound as they come, yet as fanciful as the problem: Roger learns to control the umbrella. On its longest flight of all it drops Roger behind a garden wall, disturbing three old ladies, each waving her own umbrella, who end up teaching him the words--such as ""BLOOGIE! HORST! NAFFLE!""--that will make Roger's umbrella take off and settle down on command. ""You have to know how to talk to them,"" they explain. ""Remember, an umbrella is an umbrella--they're all the same."" The author-illustrator match is a natural, and Pinkwater has risen to the occasion.