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Cover Date: February 2006
Cover Price: US $19.95
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Format: Black & White; Hardcover; 109 pages
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Chapter 1: After continual defeat at the hands of Mrs. Rimperton, the mice of the house create a creature made from the scrapings at the bottom of the trashcan. Houseflies are inserted into his eyesockets to provide him sight and he is christened Billy Houseflies by the rebellious mice. Following her initial encounter with Billy, Mrs. Rimperton acquires a house cat, who drives Billy from the house after Mrs. Rimperton assists it in battle. Budding young scientist Becky Rimperton finds Billy hiding in the barn. She replaces his painful fly-eyes with hazelnuts and brings him back to the house to heal his wounds with butter and honey. Becky's would-be paramour, the ineffectual poet Eugene, discovers them in the kitchen and takes Billy for a rival. When he is thrown out of the house by Becky, he seethes with anger.
Chapter 2: Becky attempts to teach Billy about the beauty of the night sky in her attic observatory. Billy is stunned when the moon disappears behind the hills and he leaps out the window to out where it went. Becky gives chase on her custom motorized rocking horse. She catches up with Billy as he is interrogating a flock of sheep as to the moon's whereabouts. Eventually, the two end up at Rupert Punch's Broken Planet Dump, where broken planets are discarded. Punch is not able to help them in regards to the moon, but he does tell Becky about the poet Eugene's anger fueled invention spree building dangerous mechanisms. Becky and Billy head home, only to encounter a flying ship with Eugene's face emblazoned on the main sail. Manned by mechanical creatures, it captures the two and brings them aboard. Becky is surprised to find Eugene a captive of his own creation. Billy puts up a good fight, but they are eventually subdued. The captain of the ship is unsatisfied with the eyes Eugene built for him and has captures Becky in the hopes that her skill with optics will provide him sight. Until then, he must rely on his trusty seeing-eye skunk, Smelly. The trio hide in a lifeboat and escape by hooking a whale. Eugene abandons ship after the whale shakes them loose. Becky and Billy race back to the house. Becky uses her home-built "matter-expander" on a toy ark. Now that they have a ship to fight with, they set out to do battle with Eugene's creations.
Chapter 3: The final battle! The ships engage and Billy boards the ship to battle the captain. Billy gets the first blow in, but is soon taken captive. The captain pulls the hazelnuts out of Billy's eyes and stuffs his head with rabid bats. The crazed Billy is set loose against Becky's ark and soon sinks it. As the pieces of the ark drift away, Billy spots the rising moon, and his madness is quelled by the sight. Billy attempts to rescue Becky from the sea, but the waves force them apart. Back at the Broken Planet Dump, Eugene relates the story of his first encounter with Billy Hazelnuts to Mr. Punch. Eugene has realized that though Billy is hot-tempered, he is not Eugene's enemy. Suddenly, the planets in the dump begin to rise into the air. Eugene and Mr. Punch hop aboard a smaller moon to see where they are going. As the captain prepares a hook to fish Becky out of the sea, the planets come crashing down on his ship. Eugene and Mr. Punch lift her out of the water and head for home. Meanwhile, the now sightless Billy washes ashore. After wandering aimlessly, he encounters Smelly, who helps lead him back to Becky's house, where she nurses him back to health.
Book Design by Jacob Covey.
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