At one time, Inez Hogan was a prolific writer with 63 children’s books to her credit and often illustrated her own stories, as well as those of others. One story she wrote was an odd picture book about gremlins. I usually don’t like books about gremlins because they remind me of that itch that never gets satisfied, no matter how much you scratch.
Snoopy can't get anyone to listen to him because he simply can’t get the other gremlins to stop what they are doing and pay attention to what he is telling them. Instead, they start to reminisce about past accomplishments, providing an opportunity for the author to introduce the different specialties of each gremlin:
Subby specializes in submarines, causing subs to submerge when they shouldn’t, or blocking the periscopes;
Waacy causes havoc for WAACs, running their stockings or ruining their makeup just before inspection;
female gremlins or Fifinellas might untie the shoe laces of soldiers while they are marching;
and young gremlins, called widgets, go after children, doing things like mixing up the scrap they have collected for the war effort.
My favorite was the gremlin named Foggy, who likes to fog up the windshield of fighter pilots so they couldn’t see anything. Foggy was foiled when the pilots started eating more carrots so they could see better. Apparently, being outwitted is not something Gremlins are accustomed to having to deal with.
Snoopy finally does manage to get the attention of the other gremlins and Subby tells them that since they can’t stop hindering people and gadgets, they must now start hindering the people who are threatening the gremlins freedom. Another gremlin tells them that he overheard to pilots talking about the Germans, Japanese and Italians and they are the ones who are threatening Gremlin freedom. The gremlins all agree that they must change their ways and that there is plenty of hindering among these enemies. The story ends a untied shot from the gremlins:
LISTEN HIROHITO AND MUSSOLINI!
The Gremlins are coming!
As I said, this is an amusing story, but it is really a picture book for older kids, teens and even adults. The material may be too sophisticated for younger readers. It is an old out of print book but still available in libraries, through ILL or even secondhand and antiquarian bookshops. If you like this type mythology or, like me, the popular or social culture of World War II, this would be a good book to look at.
I also found it very interesting that the Library of Congress has this cataloged using a history call number instead of fiction.