IDLY ODDLY, by Paul Jennings, illustrated by Celia Jennings (Max Reinhardt, 10s. 6d.).
IT is not whether you laugh the first time but whether you laugh the second time that counts: once the humorous writer has broken through this "first-timeonly" barrier he is assured of success. Mr. Jennings passes this test with ease, and so this book-his seventh-may confidently be given to readers not only of the "other paper" but also of the "-" Ito quote the dust-cover); both categories will laugh, one at new discoveries, the other at the recognition of felicities unstated by time.
Mr. Jennings has the rare ability, shared by philosophers and poets, of seeing common things as it were for the first time, of looking at the ordinary things of life that the rest of us take for granted and discovering the absurdity in them: and then his imagination takes over and subjects them to the rigorous logic of inspired lunacy (it is not for nothing that Lewis Carroll was primarily a logician and mathematician).