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How to Attract the Wombat (Nonpareil Book, 93.)

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Included with 50 shorter pieces are longer meditations like 'The Poet and the Nautilus', 'Swan-upping, Indeed!' and 'How to Swat a Fly' which codifies the essentials of this simple activity in ten hilarious principles.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by David R Godine (first published 1935)
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P.J. Sullivan
Apr 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who needs a good laugh
This was Cuppy's third book of complaints about animals. It is mostly about mammals, but also gets into amphibians, birds, insects, worms, Greek poets, and practically everything else. It is rich in empirical science, such as, "A decapitated salamander cannot make quick decisions," and philosophical insights, such as, "Intelligence is the capacity to know what we are doing and instinct is just instinct. The results are about the same." And even aesthetics: "The wart hog is often called the uglie ...more
Risa
Mar 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
Still the funniest book I've ever read.
Kirsti
Feb 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Delightful (and scrupulously researched) essays about wildlife, written by a hermit who lived in New York City. Most were originally published in The Saturday Evening Post and The New Yorker.

"Baby Pelicans are simply awful. The female Pelican feeds them on predigested fish served in her pouch. When they become too greedy and noisy and generally unbearable, she closes her bill and hits them on the head with it, so that baby Pelicans are always staggering about in a dazed condition, squalling for
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Menubar Memorial
Sep 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Short, little essays anthropomorphizing various animals with a deadpan humor that sneaks up behind you. It's like music to my eyes to read an author who can actually write. Cuppy's command of the English language is a treat and will leave you wondering why you're laughing so hard. I'd classify his style as early deadpan British humor if he wasn't a New Yorker. A great "bathroom book" or travel companion - anytime you could use a quick laugh.
Alison
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Silly. Dry. This book tickles the brain in the most delightful way.
Renee
May 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
Vintage The New Yorker humor. A bit too silly and toothless for me, but could be great for the right reader.
Aletha
Jun 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
1930s-style giggly humor.
Fishface
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals, humor, science
Not my very favorite Cuppy; this one comes across as the odds and ends of his animal research. But dang! Any Cuppy is better than a sharp stick in the eye!
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William Jacob "Will" Cuppy was an American humorist and literary critic, known for his satirical books about nature and historical figures.
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