By: David Macaulay
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Company
Publication Date: 1995

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Once a week Albert and his trusty mare, June, go to market to sell their ever popular melons. With any luck, nothing unusual happens along the way and they are home before dark. So why isn't that the end of the story? Why does the express train to Darlington wind up on the beach? What happened to Patty's pet pig? Who is Patty? Is that a sheep wearing glasses? How does someone's dream come true when their boat sinks? And where did that cockatoo come from? Don't bother asking Albert and June! They won't be able to help.

We go about our daily lives unaware that many small actions contribute to an unpredictable and often dramatic chain of causes and effects. In Shortcut David Macaulay takes the long way around, applying his imagination and sense of humor to a string of seemingly inconsequential connections. The result is a whimsical and often thought-provoking journey through words and pictures—a trip you will want to take again and again.

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