The Fables of La fontaine
. White Star Kids . Milan, Italy
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In this large-format book, twenty fables are given two pages each after an introduction. White Star did the book in Italian, also in 2017. Might Adreani have been the author as well as the artist? Only "Esopo" is listed on their website as the author of the Italian edition. By the way, Adreani also did a La Fontaine in Italian for White Star, and I just ordered the English edition, which was published eight days ago! Adreani paints with a broad brush. A single scene is the background for each two-page spread, with text usually on just one of the pages. She plays in delightful fashion with scale. Thus in the first story, DLS, a fox a few inches high sits on the nose of the donkey and raises the snout of the lion-skin. The cover illustration comes from "The Donkey and the Frogs," which is new to me. A donkey gets stuck carrying wood through water and complains; frogs ask what he would do if he had been there for as long as the frogs have. The book appears on Amazon with the curious illustration for "The Wolves and the Sheep." In Adreani's illustration, the sheep -- who stupidly gave up their dog defenders -- are marching down on a hill that turns out to be the body of a wolf. The Amazon cover turns this picture 90 degrees upright, so that the sheep climb up to the wolf's snout. In a surprising change, it is a chough who tries to join the crows but is rejected both by them and then by his fellows. Sometimes it is hard for me to understand the artist's logic, as when the quack frog rests on the back of the fox who sees through him. The English is also a little off here as the fox asks "How is it possible for you to heal others when you can't even heal own limp?" (29). Much more telling is the great illustration of the fox trapped in a tree by his own enlarged stomach (34-35). My first prize goes to the illustration for FK, including the looming figure in the background (38-39). This is creative work!