Montenegro, Juan J.
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Here is a printed-upon-demand 8.5" square paperback using 50 traditional Aesopic fables in simple typeface on left-hand pages with artistry of highly varied sorts on the right-hand pages. The texts are thus quite standard. Whoever created the texts did not realize that "ye" is the plural of you; in "The Astronomer" (6) a neighbor addresses the fallen astronomer "Hark ye, old fellow." Similarly, one can ask whether "freedom of fear" on 48 should be "freedom from fear." The artistry starts its appeal with the book's cover, which combines many of the book's illustrations in a colored collage offering mirrored images left and right and, partially, up and down. Each of the images here appears somewhere in the book. The mark of the images here is their wide range of styles. AD on 5 effectively uses repeated colorful forms around the two main characters. "The Boy and the Filberts" (15) plunges the reader into the jar of nuts. BW follows immediately with a violent look down the wolf's throat, rendered in Roy Lichtenstein style. FS on 39 cleverly positions each character with his offered implement, all four rendered quite abstractly. "The Lion, the Fox & the Ass" (53) is well illustrated with two resolutions of colored geometric patterns. SW on 63 receives one of the simplest and most dramatic illustrations. "The Two Bags" (95) seems at first one of the most literal illustrations, until one notices its homage to Magritte. I enjoy this kind of creativity! I only wish it could have found a more permanent and typographically pleasing presentation from a mainline publisher.