This is a more obscure, Danzel-only type of ONDM post. This is about a book I couldn't remember. I could only remember an image: a badger in a wire waste basket, covered in paint. It drove me crazy for years. I tried a book-finding website, but had no luck. My copy was long gone. Where did the image in my head come from?
Then one night, earlier this year, I thought of the name "Paddy." And suddenly, it occurred to me that I had learned the word "mischief" from this book. So I Googled "Paddy mischief" and suddenly, there it was! I ordered myself a used copy immediately.
Paddy Gets Into Mischief by Molly Brett. London: The Medici Society, 1972.
My mother told me she bought the book because the pictures were so beautiful, but that it took a few years before I could sit through a reading of it - it's a bit wordy. It reminds me of a more modern Beatrix Potter. Mrs. Bossy Badger lives up to her name, and Mr. Badger would rather sit and smoke his old acorn pipe. Mrs. Bossy hates that pipe. Mr. Badger takes off and leaves Mrs. Bossy and their son, Paddy, who would rather play and get into mischief than do all the work Mrs. Bossy wants him to do. He finally realizes how lonely and overworked his poor mother is and resolves to bring Mr. Badger home.
Reading about Molly Brett, it is clear she was a well regarded artist and author. Are any of my dear readers familiar with her work?
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