Have you ever wondered if porcupines are ticklish, if fish wash, or how to say Rhinosterous? Do you know how to make a child-high sandwich? How porridge gets on the ceiling? What happens when your favourite aunt wears a wig? Why uncles wear plaid? William New's rhyming verse enacts all these situations, ranging from the madcap to the mysterious.
The poems are complemented by Vivian Bevis's full page, full colour illustrations which capture the high-spirited and impetuous qualities of the verse. A companion volume to their highly successful Vanilla Gorilla of 1998, this sturdy, hardcover picture book will delight both the early reader and the many adults who enjoy introducing children to the sound and rhythm of verse.
William New is one of Canada's outstanding men of letters: well known for his children's books - Vanilla Gorilla, Dream Helmet and Llamas in the Laundry - his adult poetry, his writings on Canadian and postcolonial literature, and his literary criticism (some 30 volumes). He is on the editorial board of the New Canadian Library and the editor of the monumental Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada (U of Toronto Press). For many years he was the editor of the journal Canadian Literature,and he is presently on the board of the New Canadian Library. He is Professor Emeritus of English and Canadian literature at the University of B.C. He lives in Vancouver.