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By Bob Tarte

In Bob Tarte's domestic, pandemonium is the order of the day, and animals actually rule the roost—thirty-nine of them finally count number. no matter if it is the knot-tying African gray parrot, or the obese cat who is knowledgeable Bob to carry her water bowl simply above the ground, or the nightmarish duck who demanding situations him to a shoving fit, this menagerie, together with his perpetually positive spouse, Linda, offers day-by-day classes at the chaos inherent in our lives. yet now not until eventually this modern day Noah's Ark hits stormy weather—and Bob's international spins out of control—does he discover that this exuberant gaggle of animals presents his religious anchor. it truly is their alien presence, their humorousness, and their impulsive habit that either force Bob loopy and satirically go back him to sanity.

With an identical sly humor and dead-on personality images that made Enslaved by means of Ducks any such rousing good fortune, Tarte proves that lifestyles with animals deals a totally assorted point of view at the world.

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