Fabulous! So well done. In such a simple way, the words evoke the torment of the poison pen, and also the unpleasantness of the voice of neighbourly disapproval.

Lifeguard! Lifeguard! Do you permit crocodiles to bathe here?
Certainly not.
Well, it might interest you to know, there is a crocodile bathing out there, this very minute.

(boo! hiss!)

The illos are delightful. I recognise contemporaries in the style of this series... 1960s William Steig and John Burningham. So sure and straightforward, with a love of the floral pattern and wicker decorativeness of the mid-century everyman's home. (As to who influenced whom, I wouldn't like to say without researching. Burningham is the youngest by far.)

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