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The Book

The Story

Mr. Mehan's Mildly Amusing Mythical Mammals, or "M5," is a book of children's poetry beautifully complemented by a series of paintings that tell the story of the Dally and the Blug, their journey and friendship in a struggle against sadness. Readers encounter twenty-six mythical mammals along the way—witnessing good, evil, courage, humor, sadness, endurance, and hope—one poem at a time:


The Dally [that one with necktie ears!]


Among the pelting drops of rain,

The Dally can be seen again.

The rocks, the trees, they know him well,

But where he'll show no one can tell.

For though the forest's soaked and sopped,

The Dally skirts each drop that's plopped.

So if you are one keen of eye,

Who sits and stoops in storms, you'll spy

The dodgy Dally dancing dry.

What to look for

Kind readers take note! 

  • 26 Mythical Mammals, one for each letter of the alphabet.

  • 26 oil paintings complementing the story—16.5 x 20 inches in real life!

  • 26 fully illustrated letter blocks, featuring not only the mammal but many items and puns that begin with the same letter.

  • A treasure hunt to discover the many mysteries hidden in the poems and the art...for rereadable enjoyment!


While written to delight Middle Grade readers ages 8 to 12, this beautiful, haunting book has much that will surprise and delight everyone!



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