These five stories present: 1) timely productiveness, 2) persistent effort, 3) academic detachment, 4) a deception to correct an error, and 5) the nature of jumping to conclusions.
This collection of Frog and Toad fables are as good as ever, but with two small flaws. We see Toad learn the benefit of caring for his home in a timely manner; that persistent effort finally flies their kite (though shouting appears to be a factor); that scary stories encourage a detached perspective; that a deception (a flaw) could improve the fit of Toad's birthday gift; and, that Toad jumped to faulty conclusions when he learned Frog wanted to be alone.
Imagination, unhampered by reason, is supposedly all that's required to reach wonderful lands and 'Whangdoodles' of all sorts.
Prof. Savant provides lessons on observation and communication, as he teaches the Potter kids to enter a wildly gorgeous, imaginary world that appeals to children. He inspires them to join him in pursuit of the last Whangdoodle (an imaginary creature). Too often Edwards' narrative promotes imagination as a power to violate the laws of the real world, rather than a means to benefit from them. Convenient contradictions create the impression that imagination transcends reason.
Willard's poems offer a bit of Blake's style, but entail flights of imagination more befitting Alice in Wonderland than William Blake.
Blake's Inn is intended as a metaphor for imagination itself. Its well structured poems encourage and engage one in wild flights of imagination. Characters such as a talking Rabbit, a Wise Cow, and the Man with the Marmalade Hat inhabit the Inn, and take trips among the stars. Willard's approach suggests the pinnacle of imagination is absurdity, in language and perspective. VM finds this Alice in Wonderland approach represents neither Blake, nor good poetry. Given its awards and academic approval, this requires a thorough Full Review.
A confusion of Greek Chorus characters tell us —they do not show us— that writers should use nouns and adjectives to show, rather than tell, the reader.
Consider: "The hall became noisy." boringly tells the reader, while "Sounds of crinkling wrappers, cleared throats, muffled chuckles and clipped remarks soon filled the hall." creates a mental image and shows the reader. Ironically, Nobisso is so busy telling us, that she fails to show us this simple point. Nobisso has added a Greek Chorus of crude animal characters who provide erratic interjections about the pages, that further muddy a subject that ought to be crystal clear. See the full review.