I have a very childish attitude to books - a very non-analytic enthusiasm... like Alice falling down the chute.
My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.
Hippo in a skirt: this was a comic reference to one of Solomon's principal wives, the one from Moab. Childish? Yes. But in the days before printing we had limited opportunities for satire.