From the Crockett Johnson homepage: "After more (mis)adventures at Mrs. Krump's Kiddie Kamp (such as Mr. O'Malley attempting to teach the children to fly), everyone returns home. Although the tale of Mr. O'Malley's run for Congress appears in Barnaby and Mr. O'Malley, the earlier book does not include what happened next. Following his election to the House of Representatives, O'Malley is appointed to the Useless Papers Committee - but he spends very little time in Washington itself. In Johnson's deft satire of the Dies Committee, O'Malley forms the "O'Malley Committee" (consisting of himself, Gus, Barnaby, and Jane) to investigate Santa Claus. After Barnaby receives a Christmas gift of boxing gloves, boxing becomes popular at the Elves, Leprechauns, Gnomes and Little Men's Chowder & Marching Society: McSnoyd out-boxes O'Malley, and then Gus gets into training to challenge McSnoyd. During and following the "boxing" episode, absentee Congressman O'Malley finally makes an appearance in Washington and helps get the dam bill passed, making him a hero to the people of his district. Though Mr. Baxter's firm benefits from the bill, he still doesn't believe that Congressman O'Malley is Barnaby's Mr. O'Malley. So, O'Malley decides to write "a scholarly, authoritative, anthropological and sociological treatise on Pixies" in order to prove his existence to Barnaby's parents."