Great-Grandfather is a retired lobster fisherman in Heligoland who has a penchant for reeling off stories and poems. His 11-year-old great-grandson is sent to stay with him for a week while the boy's sisters recover from the measles. The two agree to spend the week composing poems and Great-Grandfather suggests that all their poems to about words. The boy fears this will be dull, as may the readers, but the pair manages to come up with some amazingly involved ABC rhymes. In between poems Great-Grandfather tells some delightful tales all of which prove, in one way or another, the importance of words. The book has very little plot, but it does include a very witty and imaginative collection of poems and stories, which will please anyone who enjoys word games. The pen and ink drawings are as lively and good-humored as the text.