What's the best way to get to Ripton?"" the old man asks a farmer working near a country road. But each time he asks, the farmer just comes out with another tall tale--amplified by the drawings--about the hazards, bumps, or indirection involved along the various routes he should hot take. Finally the old man responds in kind with a cautionary extravaganza of his own, and, in a fit closing, ends up going home with the farmer instead of to the inn at Ripton. All of this, with Gammell's agreeably ramshackle, diagonally shaded black-and-white pictures, would add up to a nice folksy interchange with a happy sense of direction except for one odd intrusion: Davis casts a pig as the farmer, which jolts the droll give-and-take onto a purely nonsensical plane.