The Gader pictures give a sense of intimate sharing with the adventures and misadventures of the Pecks and their multiplicity of pets. Mr. Peck just cannot resist an animal in distress, or in need of a home, or appealing to his imagination or his sympathy. Mrs. Peck weakly puts up a resistance of sorts, but not enough, and they have to take to the country to have room for them. Raccoons eat his corn; guinea-fowl serve as watch dogs; the dogs get pretty spoiled and difficult; some of the creatures go violently to animal heaven; others survive to take over the household. There's lots of scattered entertainment value, but there's looseness of construction, unevenness of interest, and a resultant lack of holding quality that is disappointing.