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Children's LiteratureProfessor Julius Duckworth O'Hare, Esq., invites the reader to accompany him as he travels around the world in search of exotic beasts, such as the rhinocerostrich, a creature with the body of an ostrich and the head and feet of a rhinoceros. The verse informs the reader that he is not built for speed and he is no beauty. His strongest traits are wrath and greed. The octopussycat almost looks like a cat, except for its eight long furry arms. The bumblebeaver has the body of a bee, complete with small transparent wings. Its head, paws, and tail are that of a beaver. He can gather honey and make mud houses. The peanuthatch is part peanut, part bird. About a dozen such mixed up beasts are depicted in short verses with large, full color illustrations. Each picture includes Professor O'Hare, who appears to be a rabbit and additional strange and wondrous creatures that are not mentioned in the verses. These additional 32 animals are shown with appropriate captions near the end of the book. The last page reveals the truth about the professor. Totally imaginary and creative, this book promises to be a joy for children and adults alike. 2005, Kids Can Press, Ages 5 to 10.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.