Markus' parents, their noses in newspapers, are given to responding to him in clichâ€šs. He wants a pet; they say no. Markus ""drops dead""--and his parents relent. The pet is a swan, which proves unsuitable in the house, so Markus sets out on a surreal expedition--ending up (with the swan) in the stomach of a giant and a fantastic, page-long catalogue of things the giant has swallowed, all of which he regurgitates. And all of which Markus takes home--for once getting his parents' attention. An odd, deadpan story that takes imaginative flight with that wonderful list. The illustrations develop appropriately from the stolid, humdrum real world to the eerily magic forest and brightly imaginative cascade. Originally published in Germany, this is the authors' first book to appear here.