14 August 2010

Magic Mushrooms and Bad, Bad Boys

Bannertail: The Story of a Graysquirrel
Ernest Thompson Seton
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1922
230 pages

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  1. Another perfect cover choice. This books sounds all too much for a tender-hearted vegetarian like myself--I recently had to quit 'Tarka the Otter' because of all the deeply rendered animal bloodshed. Adding illustrations of the deaths just makes things worse.

  2. If only there had been a plate depicting Bannertail hopped up on toadstools. On the other hand, it might not have been a pretty sight, given that the flowing juices are likened to "the blood of earthy gnomes".