If you warm to the Peter Max mode and the brittle mood, there is something to be said for Slash the unloved alligator in terms of elemental emotions -- but what must be said first is that the illustrations frequently don't jibe with the text. Baby Slash purportedly arrives ""in a long glass tube"" one end of which is opened by Edgar, the twin whose gift he is; as seen, he wears it like armor, his head and legs protruding, the whole looking like some odd alligator missile (complete to smoke). Grown, he supposedly pads softly ""across the newmown grass"" toward the sunflower grown by twin Timothy and his gift (coveted by Edgar) the orange bird; in the pictures Slash tunnels underground. Skipping some lesser discrepancies, we come to Slash apprehended and forsaken by Edgar, tied ""to the bannister"" -- really the avocado plant -- ""at the foot"" -- really the top -- of the stairs. Children won't put up with this and there's no compelling reason why they should.