Where there are no people
July 18, 2014 5:57 PM   Subscribe

Animal Land where there are no people was a children's book released in 1897, written by Sybil Corbet, who was four years old, and illustrated by her mother, Katharine Corbet. "Animal Land where there are no People is quite near, only you can't see it... They live by the North Pole and in the leafy places near. It is always light there, always day, they climb the poles and always play."

Some of the animals that live in Animal Land include:

The Booba - "This is a funny little Animal. It makes no noise and it runs."
The Joox - "This animals name is Joox because it is not a Bear."
The Weedle - "This animal has such dainty little ways of pulling up Potato's."
The Boddles - "This animal screams and eats candles and soap."
The Penna - "This animal eats shell eggs and straw and is larger than a Buffalo."
The Temmalunk - "Nothing known about this Animal."

There is a complete copy of the book here (pdf).
posted by dng (6 comments total) 35 users marked this as a favorite
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posted by marxchivist at 6:57 PM on July 18, 2014 [3 favorites]

The Boddles is now one of my favorite things of all time. This is great.
posted by OolooKitty at 7:50 PM on July 18, 2014

Just... just the first illustration in the book itself. The Ding. All it needs is a "HATERS GONNA HATE" over the top of it. This is epic all the way through - Steam-punk Axe Cop!
posted by Slap*Happy at 8:09 PM on July 18, 2014

"This Beast is larger than any table and is always there."

For some reason the "is always there" bit kills me. This was lovely, I really need to show it to my 2 year old!
posted by DrGirlfriend at 9:00 PM on July 18, 2014 [1 favorite]

Wump World 4 lyfe
posted by Strass at 9:03 PM on July 18, 2014

This was delightful, thanks.
posted by spacewaitress at 10:41 AM on July 19, 2014

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