Dancing Baby Birds: pen on green flyer.  You can tell they are just babies because they have hardly any hair on their heads, and they have disproportionately large beaks.  They have darkened their upper beaks to try to pass as older birds, but I don't think it's working.

The Goops!


When I was around 7 years old or so, on one of our family's many trips to the Chatham Public Library, I came across a book that I thought was just hilarious.  It looked different then a lot of the other children's books, and I loved the black and white drawings, as well as the absolute rudeness of the characters. A few years ago something made me think of that book and I tried to find out if it was still around.  This was difficult as I couldn't remember the title or author.  All I could remember was a bit of one of the rhymes '...they lick their fingers...' and that it was black and white illustration.  After some serious hunting around on the internet, I found it!  The book was called 'Goops and How to Be Them' by Gelett Burgess, the Goops being extremely naughty, round headed, unpleasant looking children getting up to no good.  Though I didn't realize it at the time, the book was intended to teach children proper manners.  Here is a little excerpt...

'The Goops they lick their fingers,
and the Goops they lick their knives;
They spill their broth on the tablecloth,
Oh, they lead disgusting lives!'

Good stuff...