Modeled after British "nonsense verse" (which British fantasy authors are so good at), Tangletalk is just that—couplets that are tangled, twisted, upside down, and just plain mixed up...
At the corner an onion cleared tables.
Two cucumbers scraped the grill.
The sink chased a load of dishes
Out the door and up the hill.
A cabbie cooed and cackled
while three pigeons drove his car.
A fireman watched in wonder
as rats doused a huge cigar.
Inspired by verses from Peter and Iona Opie's The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren, the author describes a day in Old Boston where everything is topsy-turvy....The meticulous watercolor and pen-and-ink drawings are flavored with intricate Victorian details. An enjoyable trip through a very strange day. —Library School Journal
An agreeably nonsensical, prettily illustrated tale in verse....No one and nothing does what is expected in this romp as the hero, attired in tails, vest, and pocketwatch, finds nannies in the birdbath, police officers hiding acorns while squirrels are on parade, and socks simmering in a pot while lunch is hung out to dry. The clear pastel illustrations give the tale a Victorian setting and include a truly improbable number of cats. A pleasant diversion. —Kirkus Reviews