‘My handkerchief was somewhere on the grass; just as I was about to pick it up to wipe my face, it said. “Miaow!” So annoying. Why was the handkerchief going miaow?’
On a hot afternoon, a boy sitting in his garden suddenly finds himself transported into a land full of ridiculous creatures talking absurdly. There is the cat that was a hanky. The raven who is an accountant. The old men Uto and Booto who are as bald as eggs and claim to be thirteen years old. And then the sudden commotion about a defamation suit where a barn owl is the judge. Will the crocodile, the frog and the hedgehog ever be able to present their case? And what speech will the billy goat Wren and Baartin BA bleat in the end?
Sukumar Ray’s classic work of nonsense, Haw-Jaw-Baw-Raw-Law, has entertained children and adults for almost a century now. Guaranteed to send you into side-splitting laughter, this iconic piece of literature now appears in an exuberant translation for the modern reader, accompanied by the author’s original illustrations.
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