Twenty-eight sprightly poems, many of them making ear-tickling use of American place names (""John Poole left Sedalia/upon his blue mule. . .when John got to Joplin,/that mule was in tow""). Prelutsky's play with sound is as deft as ever; the play with images and ideas in these verses about odd beasts and quirky people is mildly funny, but more subdued here than in some of Prelutsky's popular verse. In the full-page illustrations for each poem, Williams delineates an interesting array of characters--some reminiscent of such favorites as Wilbur and Templeton, some rather detailed portraits or caricatures, and others (especially ""Eleven yellow monkeys"") sketched to convey dance-like movement more than form. Cheerful added color makes this an inviting collection for browsing or sharing.