The Birthday ABC
A combination alphabet and birthday book presents a humorous romp with a cast of amazing animals dressed in period costumes, including the tall Giraffe with his long throaty laugh and the grizzled Vulture, a vulgar chap with little culture.
Booklist said it best: “With consistency in style and tone, this sprightly excursion through the alphabet is a combination of giddy verse and handsome pen-and-ink drawings. Each framed illustration, rich with soft color and delicate, sometimes cross-hatched lines, features a charming animal in natty eighteenth-century attire. It begins with “the Alligator who accidentally ate his waiter,” but there’s also room for “the tall Giraffe, who has a long and throaty laugh,” as well as “the Weasel, cunning master of the easel.” A clever concept executed in a striking theatrical design.”
Yankee Doodle Mugsy
After the double happy ending of Uncle Mugsy and the Terrible Twins of Christmas, we find Mugsy happily married to Margaret Dogmont and father figure to the Twins. The new family is celebrating the Fourth of July when who should arrive unannounced but Mugsy’s English mother-in-law, Lady Hortensia! She’s come to make proper Englishmen of the Twins — over Mugsy’s dead body, that is! The patriotic comic verse by bestselling author Eric Metaxas will delight you and might also bring a tear to your eye!