Absurdly funny tales of the unsuccessful efforts of the Peterkin family to become wise and of how they are helped by the "Lady from Philadelphia."
Then said Agamemnon, "I will make a library. There are some boards in the wood-shed, and I have a hammer and some nails, and perhaps we can borrow some hinges, and there we have our library!"
They were all very much pleased at the idea.
"That's the bookcase part," said Elizabeth Eliza; "but where are the books?"
So they sat and thought a little while, when Solomon John exclaimed, "I will make a book!"
They all looked at him in wonder.
"Yes," said Solomon John, "books will make us wise; but first I must make a book."
So they went into the parlor, and sat down to make a book. But there was no ink. What should he do for ink? Elizabeth Eliza said she had heard that nutgalls and vinegar made very good ink. So they decided to make some. The little boys said they could find some nutgalls up in the woods. So they all agreed to set out and pick some. Mrs. Peterkin put on her cape-bonnet, and the little boys got into their india-rubber boo
I love this book! Hilariously charming, this is an excellent light read. The family are always falling into absurd mishaps: like trying to drive the carriage while the horse is still tied, or nearly blowing up the family with "fulminating paste" on the forth of July. But, however difficult their problem may seem, they can always turn to the sensible Lady from Philadelphia for advice. Highly recommended!