. Scribblers: Salariya . Brighton, GB
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This large (9¼" x 12") book released before its publication date offers seven fables on 148 pages: TH, TMCM, OF, FG, GA, LM, and FC. American readers will notice its British vocabulary, like "slowcoach" and "press-up." I recommend it especially for two features. First, its expansive stories feature good, lavishly detailed contemporary storytelling. For example, tortoise unwraps his birthday presents so slowly that it is nearly his next birthday by the time he is finished. Engaging details help story after story. The exploding frog in OF is father to 108 froglets, one of whom encounters the friendly "monster" away from their home pond. Thus each of the main characters is introduced early with a pronounced human proclivity. Town Mouse is persnickety about his appearance and surroundings. The fox in FG is "very good at getting his own way." The adventuresome mouse in LM has tested the lion sleeping soundly and decides to slide down his nose and swing in his mane. Secondly, several morals are particularly apt. For FG: "It is easy to hate what you can't have." For GA: "A bit of hard work now will pay off later." For FC: "Being too proud can make you look foolish." The art is large and as playful as the text.