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An Alphabetarium of Useful Nonsense Inventions

By (author) Daniel J. T. McKay


Publishing 25th Sep 2024
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  • A fun A-Z compendium of 26 quirky illustrations and accompanying stories
  • This book is a charming read, and a great gift for all those with a sense of humor
Full Description

Whimwondery is the academical study of the magickal properties of elemental curiosity, and its two sub-particles – whimsy and wonder. For as perhaps you have felt yourself deep down in your gizzards, in every spark of curiosity, every maddening ponderation, every look of bafflement and inquisitive squint, is power beyond reckoning. Though not, as has been discovered, entirely beyond the capacities of our imaginations. Indeed, as we have sought to know more about Whimwondery, we have slowly stumbled upon its useful, worthy, and practical applications for solving vexsome sundry irks and problems which arouse particular and general bother – from cold custard to the meaning of the universe. This alphabetarium includes a smattering of such curious contraptions from Agatha Aspinal’s auspicious Archaeofuturometre, to Zurishaddai Zirdlestone’s zhooshing Zenithender. Though a mere sampling of some of the inventions devised to channel whimwondrous phenomena they are sure to delight and amuse all whom you would care to furnish with such an odd and uncategorizable tome (in no particular order): acquaintances, friends, friends-of-friends, jilted-lovers, distant relations, neighbors, academical colleagues, drinking-pals, the local parson, your mother and other assorted personages. A splendid gift for all of them, most assuredly!

About the Author

Daniel McKay is a Cambridge-based historian, dabbling illustrator, and raconteur. He is the scion of a long line of cattle farmers in the Australian outback. Growing up in a terrible drought, he learnt to draw in the dust of a dry creek bed. Having since sought out a green and pleasant land, his attention is now constantly being fought over by serious old things in serious old books, and all the other whimwondrous nonsense which is ransacked from his imagination and scrawled and scroobled upon the page by ink-smudged hands. You can find more via your Compudiddler at or on your Telephonogoggler at @whimwondery.

Triglyph Books
Publish date
25th Sep 2024
USA & Canada
7 in x 8.25 in
80 Pages
35 color
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