How To Attract The Wombat Author:Will Cuppy, Joe Crews, Walt Disney Is the Wombat animal, vegetable, or mineral? Answer: Animal. What kind of animal? There are some broad hints about that in the introduction to this book, "Are Wombats People?", and some startling facts in a short piece entitled, surprisingly, "The Wombat." But not until he gets to his final chapter, "More About Wombats", does the author really k... more »nuckle down to this, his favorite subject.
As for the chapters in between, you might just as well resign yourself to having a good time. For two decades, Will Cuppy kept America amused -- remember "The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody" and "How to Tell Your Friends From Apes"? In this book, he risks his scientific reputation by outrageously anthropomorphic treatments of the animal world, endangering some of the fundamental principals of Darwin himself in the process. As in an earlier collection in a similar vein, however, he doesn't take the slightest risk with his reputation as a truly funny writer, and he can now enjoy new popularity with a rising generation of fans.
There are 50 short pieces in this collection, including series of Mammals for Beginners, Advanced Mammals, Problem Mammals, Pleasures of Pond Life, Octopuses and Those Things, Insects for Everybody, Optional Insects, Birds Who Can't Even Fly, and Birds Who Can't Sing And Know It, and an appendix with articles on the scorpion and the earthworm.
Also included are longer write-ups on such topics as "The Poet and the Nautilus", "How To Swat A Fly", and "Swan-upping, Indeed!" while interspersed throughout the text are over 100 delightfully whimsical line drawings by Ed Nofziger, perhaps Cuppy's ideal illustrator. The end result of all this is a masterly sampling of what makes Cuppy fun.« less