THE BIRDS AND THE BEASTS WERE THERE by Ken Kraft

THE BIRDS AND THE BEASTS WERE THERE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

About the animals in his life sentimental this author is not, for, from his first dog to the lion dog he boarded, they are one and all against him. Ripper, a gift from his uncle, was a trial to everyone; canaries in the bedroom were a personal affront; guinea pigs and an alligator wind up his younger days. At college there was Oscar who played havoc with his fraternity life as well as with his dates; a hound even accompanied him on his honeymoon; animals kept creeping into a writing assignment for the St. Louis Ad Club; rate were companions on another trip; a rented house (""no parties, no pets"") was the scene of many a furred and feathered invasion. And more -- for Kyrie was a dog who liked things nice and was miserable living in a trailer, while birdwatching, a lost raccoon pet and goldfish, who were a luxury item, provided him with additional irritants. A fine jaundiced-eye attitude towards man's best (and not so good) friends keeps this on a fairly funny pitch all the way through.

Publisher: Doubleday