This quartet of tales was written at various times and in various moods.
Hibernation may be seen as a warning to parents that a little white lie may become subject to the law of unintended consequences.
Duck tells of a power struggle between an older and a younger boy during a holiday in Wales.
Just a Little Kitchen Supper describes the most awful dinner party in the history of civilisation as we know it.
The title story, Come Away, O Human Child, describes the disappearance from the face of the earth, of every single child, but one.