From the author of Twelve Iron Sandals and Other Czechoslovak Tales (1985): four incidents in a beguiling friendship between two well-characterized animals. Pig is the one who is full of ideas: they should open a pawnshop; they should get a telephone in case of emergencies. Bear's confusion, and the arguments it generates, precipitates much of the humor: he hears ""pawshop,"" then imagines a place where comforting pats from a friendly paw are available. Wordplay flourishes: in one chapter, the two discuss the difference between insects and ""outsects"": the same creatures, outdoors, but ""What if you swallow an outsect?"" asks Bear. One chapter is comprised of a long, comic, and all-too-realistic quarrel about nothing in particular. Henstra, a much-accomplished Dutch artist, contributes a generous supply of deft half-page line drawings in appropriately tongue-in-cheek spirit. An entertaining chapter book or readaloud for children with a taste for verbal wit.