You can go a long way by heading ""forward, ever forward,"" but this is what the Emperor Napoleon ordered and this is what Jean Francois, the little drummer boy did. At Moscow, Napoleon noted that ""the battle is not going well...Everybody seems to be marching in the wrong direction except one little drummer boy."" Jean Francois stopped long enough to be pinned with a snippet of ribbon, then went his beeline way, i.e., Russia to the polar regions to America to London and was heading back to France just in time for Waterloo. The book ends with Jean Francois pointed toward a second go-round -- and it's a trip no one would mind repeating. It's 99-44/100 per cent pure nonsense, and Joseph Schindelman's distinctive intricate pen and ink satirical drawings are right in the spirit.