Four Confusing Tales each illustrated by six up-turnable pictures from the incredible Topsy-Turvy world of Gustave Verbeek
. Tobar Limited . Harleston, Norfolk, U.K. ,
PN6728.U59 V47 1980 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is one of the strangest books I have found for this collection. I had encountered topsy-turvy books before, and they may well have come from Verbeek (once known as Verbeck). I was amazed to find what I thought was GGE among the four stories in this pamphlet found in one of the three or four bookshops I found in Greenwich. All four plots are unlikely. As the introduction points out, they pay tribute to one of the most unusual minds to offer illustrated stories. For sixty-four straight weeks starting in 1903 Verbeek produced a story in six panels that continued as the reader followed the panels again in reverse order upside down. The stories are here reproduced for the first time in their original color. The twenty-four page pamphlet includes very helpful instructions on where to go next. I need these instructions at the mid-points and endings of the stories. All the stories feature Lovekins and Muffaroo; one is the other when you turn them upside down. Actually, not much more than the title and the existence of a golden-egg laying goose relates to the traditional GGE fable. Verbeek cleverly uses the fable, though, in setting up the unlikely plot for this story. The story features a river, a log, a drowning young lady with a large feather in her hat, and a golden-egg-laying goose. Not your standard cast for a story! There is very good fun and bizarre artistry here!