amidst the myriad contributions from Puffin authors are six
poems about 'Impossible Pets' written by Peter Dickinson and illustrated
Cuddlyjob is a ball of fur that grows so big it'll swallow up
all who encounter it...
Barracoy is an untameable alter ego for otherwise goodly children...
Knowit is an irritating bird with the answers to all your homework
problems, only it won't divulge them to you....
Gibber makes its home inside your tv set...
Scapedog is a pet so vicious he'll eventually turn even the
goodliest of souls to sin and ruin!
particular favourite, however, is the shrieking Fandango,
a Kookaburra-type bird:
By what may we tell the Fandango, my dears?
By his nondescript tale? His inadequate ears?
By his mouse-coloured fur? His forgettable beak?
No. What sets the Fandango apart is his
Six great little verses then, with brilliant, simple etched
accompaniments - a real treat, in other words...