Ugly Duckling Presse

Animals vs. Furniture
Animals vs. Furniture

Normandy Raven Sherwood

illustrated by Jesse Hawley

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Buy"gregariously fun and visually stimulating"

Animals vs. Furniture recounts the life-or-cushions struggle between the eponymous creatures and household objects, as witnessed by a seemingly hapless narrator. 

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I noticed something funny last week at breakfast, when my pet mynah bird stopped singing his usual song. His usual song goes: "Lickety split, lickety split, I am covered in spit, I want out of this pit."

But last monday he was mumbling something suspicious, some other rhyme that sounded like "Bats and bears break all the chairs because they're there."

"Hey!" I said. "What's that supposed to mean?"

He replied, "Oh... squak swuak!" and stared at me with his beady black eyes. "Whatever," I said. Luckily I had my notebook and I wrote the whole thing down.

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About the Author

Normandy Raven Sherwood

Normandy Raven Sherwood writes and performs and makes by hand. She is a member National Theater of the United States of America. With NTUSA, she has collaborated on ABSN:RJAB  (PS122), What's That On My HEAD!?! (NEST) and SuperConfidence!  (Galapagos). As an actress she has appeared in movies by Hal Hartley and Jeff Burns.

Other Contributors

Jesse Hawley
Jesse Hawley is an artist, theater maker and craftsperson. She is also a co-founder of the National Theater of the United States of America, with whom she has been collaboratively making theater since 2000. With the NTUSA she designs and makes sets, costumes and props, writes songs and performs.  Jesse has studied painting and printmaking, and works as a decorative artist beautifying fine homes and establishments throughout NYC. She has collaborated with Normandy Sherwood on many  projects.