How to Attract the Wombat Author:Will Cuppy "...must be bought and kept and re-read. Every time you have finished it, you come on another gem." -P.G. Wodehouse, New York Herald Review of Books — Is the Wombat animal, vegetable, or mineral? Answer: Animal. What kind of animal? There are some broad hints about that in the introduction, Are Wombats People?, and some amazing facts in the piece... more » entitled, with startling simplicity, The Wombat. But the author of this tantalizing book believes in suspense and more suspense. Wait 'till you read the final chapter, More About Wombats, where he really goes to town on his favorite subject.
Mr. Cuppy is well aware that there are two sides to the Wombat question, namely, for and against. He knows, too, that a great many people are completely indifferent, perhaps because they have never given the matter much thought. As he puts it, "Has it never occurred to them that they might be missing something, and that it might be Wombats?" When asked outright, "Do you, personally, with to attract a Wombat or Wombats?" he replied, "I prefer to let my work speak for itself."
Besides the Wombat, or theme song, here for the first time in any book are all those Cuppy pieces, fifty of them in round numbers, that have been sweeping the country, in a mild way, for the past few years, from Mammals for Beginners (such as Mice) right through Octopuses and Those Things, to Birds Who Can't Sing and Know It, the whole comprising a complete Zoo for the armchair observer who likes a touch of bedlam with his Natural History.
Between the sections of classified critters are a number of longer articles, such as Swan-upping, Indeed!--a lesson on the almost lost art of upping Swans--and The Poet and the Nautilus, in which Will takes a fall our of Callimachus, an ancient Greek who has has things all his own way up to now--it's pretty sure to knock classical scholars for a loop.
To the best of our knowledge and belief, here is the funniest "How" book extant or otherwise, by an author who has been called--by Frank Sullivan, as a matter of fact--"one of the greatest and most apprehensive philosophers of our time." What is more, it runs wild with nifty illustrations all over the place by that old master of animal art, Ed Nofziger.« less