London: The Bodley Head, Ltd 1974/1973, 1st UK, printed in Switzerland; white paper boards with skunk meeting red crayfish in the forest in greens, browns, and blacks; no free endpapers as issued, in jacket identical to boards, 8.5x11.75; np. Picture Book Hardback.
A cumulative tale about animals who wish to change a part of their lives (the crayfish wants to move forwards). Each incident is pictured with the little red crayfish and a large painting of the animal with some surrounding vegetation in greens, browns, and blacks set upon a white background. These drawings have more delicate lines than much of Piatti's other children's book illustration.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus in Very Good Plus jacket; light bumps to spine ends and one corner on both jacket and book; book is tight, clean, straight, no other flaws; jacket darkening slightly on panel and a bit more on spine; unclipped 1.50 pounds; Whangarei NZ bookshop sticker. Item #19912