American Bestiary

American Bestiary : Treatise on Contemporary Beasts and Their Habits Compiled in Some Dark Ages

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  • Hardback | 61 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 628.22g
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
  • United Kingdom
  • 0151055734
  • 9780151055739

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This droll collection of updated animals is a distant cousin quite removed from the bestiaries of the past. Modern species exclusively, they reflect Anne Folsom's hawk-eyed view of the human zoo. There is the Lesser, or Watergate, Tapir, domesticated by Halde Man and Ehrlich Man who Worshipped "an oracle who spoke through the oval orifice"; the Hippypotamus, whose bare essentials include "a small plot of grass and a quadraphonic stereo system"; the Opec, or Wolf in Sheik's Clothing, who took stock of his resources and then took everybody's stock, resources, banks, and airlines; and the Junk Mole, definitely third class, who was born in a mailbox and leaves small prints wherever he goes. Most of these creations are witty word plays slyly extended: the Duck-Billed Platitude, the D.A. Aardvark, the Hieronymus Vache, the Utterly Grossbeak - an acquisitive bird who dreams of owning a Cattle Yak. Although a few seem familiar (the Good Housekeeping Seal, the Male Chauvinist Pig), most are fresh and topical. Accompanied by nimble line drawings, they're short and sassy critters - you'll be tempted to add your own. (Kirkus Reviews)
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