“The Uncanny Adventures of Dill, Will and Toucan Bill” tells the story of three winsome characters who travel around the globe and even up to the cosmos to discover the marvels of the world. Dill is a pretty, perky squirrel with a gorgeous furry tale who regularly consults her world geography book to find destinations that interest her. Her neighbor in Central Park, in New York City, is Will, who is the Will of Shakespeare. He also enjoys travel and the opportunity it provides to find material for new plays. On a trip to Brazil, Dill and Will meet Toucan Bill. He is a happy boisterous healing bird who can’t bear to lose their companionship and so he returns with them to live in Central Park. There, as a big bird needing a big nest, he joins eight Red-Tailed Hawks in their luxurious pad high on a 5th Avenue building facing Central Park.
The trio make their journeys with the beautiful diaphanous cloud called Carla. She expertly navigates across and around all kinds of earthly landscapes and even flies our touring trio to the Big Dipper, as well as to Siberia and Samarkand and other exotic places.
The story is fun and fanciful and full of odd surprises. That the characters themselves are an odd bunch stretches the imagination in a delightful way. The story expands the horizons of readers and is a reminder that travel opens the mind and heart to unmatchable experiences.