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Old Mrs Abigail Chattery stood at her farm gate and stared at the new houses from the estate spilling over the hill. "Blots on the landscape, all of you!" she shouted. "BLOTS!"
Other citizens of Blotsville are also becoming increasingly uneasy. What is their slippery Mayor, H. P. Burpwistle, up to in the name of "progress"?
An unlikely group forms. Mrs Chattery and old Mr Blunt, their two wily pet birds Galahad and Sulf, young Max and Pippi Bitzer and their parents (who own the pet shop), band together and mount an eccentric campaign to show that true progress is measured by people's happiness.
Winner of the 2003 Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children's Literature.