In a change of pace from the excellent fantasy/nonsense poems included in Speaking of Cows and Don't Ever Cross a Crocodile this collection recreates the comfortably familiar aspects of small-town life. Most of the poems are about people, not the cliched types that usually are pointed out in juvenile verses, but the ones children willingly hear gossiped about (""Miss Tabor,"" the over-meticulous house-keeper; ""Mrs. Riley"", who's about to marry her fourth husband; ""Whistling Willie"" whose crowded old market was replaced by the Super Shop; the half-wit ""Benny McBlore"" who found his calling in gardening, and so on). Interspersed with these are poems about the plants and animals of the area--these are pleasantly pastoral without ever becoming coy, and sometimes they are memorable (""The thing that really puzzles me some/ In the way of bug affairs/ Is: why do cockroaches always come /From The People Living upstairs?"") The rhythm and rhymes are always sure, and they always assume the right tone you want for reading these aloud. Not quite as striking as the earlier two anthologies, this is still a very good source of refreshingly original poems.