The old chair is big and deep""--as emphasized by the relative tininess of the little boy who jumps on it, or sits in it curled up in his father's lap. Then father decides to discard the old chair, but when the garbage men come the little boy runs out--""Wait! Stop!""--and persuades them to Sot it down under the tree instead. ""This is my throne,"" he explains happily to his parents when they too come out to investigate. The book's modest scale (5(apple) x 6 3/4), the old-fashioned ambience (father sits on the chair at night listening to the radio), the childlike drawings (though the parents, mother especially, are just awkward), even the improbably obliging garbage men--all contribute to the disarming effect, enabling Hurd to get away with this wistful alternative to saying ""Good-bye Funny Dumpy-Lumpy.