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An Alphabestiary is a book of light verse quatrains, and of lightly lyrical verse quatrains. Each A to Z section (there are four) is devoted to a distinct group of animals, beginning with the mammals and ending with creatures fabulous and imaginary. Each quatrain is preceded by a brief prose commentary on its subject (mostly zoological and factual; occasionally personal or fanciful) and each one is rounded off with its own small illustration. The result is a merry brew of wit and animal trivia and whimsical invention. An Alphabestiary is the ideal light browsing book.