Welcome once again everybody, to the world of humorous poetry. We now have a fifth book in our series, of which the last one was 'In Bed with the Cats' Pyjamas'. Our latest brave new entrant, 'Tricked by the Kippers' Knickers', you are probably holding in your hand now.
We continue to follow the tradition of the writing of these humorous poems as a way of combating the apparently overwhelming ubiquity of the internet and digital processes generally. We are all human beings, and sometimes, especially in these current days of horror all around the world – it seems that we need to be reminded of it, by reading words that refer to genuine human experiences and things that we can relate to at a human level; I seem to recall reading somewhere recently that at moments of great stress during the last world war, Sir Winston Churchill found solace in reading 'Winnie the Pooh', a book about a kind of human teddy bear, if that is possible. It must have surely been a coincidence that the name of the great man was Winston!
For example, is it not amusing (and also useful) to know that it is possible to make diamonds from the air? Would you also not like to be able to gossip more successfully about rhubarb? What should we conclude if, having moved house to a different locality, our milkman (if any these days) is strangely familiar? How would you like to be a member of a royal family? Not so fast! It could cause you untold problems, such as winding up with ten children, or facing death by crossbow or axe – though the latter is slightly less likely these days it's true.
There are 33 poems in the book, describing all manner of unusual situations
and scenarios, each with its own illustration in full colour by the well-known artist Reine Mazoyer, and as usual there is an explanation in French for each poem too, for those whose French is at a good level.
We wish you a happy journey through the pages as you review some of the stranger difficulties of life today – and also yesterday I dare say.