It used to be very peaceful around here; it was just as happy a place as you could wish for. But now everyone lives behind bolted doors and is always on guard against unexpected developments. Did I say 'unexpected'? They are expected. It's that rotten Doomsday Gang. Heaven knows where they came from, how they got started. But they ply up and down this road doing nothing but harm, keeping everyone anxious and worried.
William Steig, Dominic.
I read this book over the weekend, and can't recommend it highly enough. Discovered thanks to Michael Dumontier (who has a show at MKG127 in Toronto right now, if you happen to be nearby).