. First Second Books . New York
Aesop and others
PZ8.2.F325 2015 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
Aesop and others
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Here are twenty-eight fables rendered by contemporary cartoonists. They range in size from one page to six. The first offering, FG, by James Kochalka, includes a good deal of appropriate chatter from the fox and a jet-pack that has the fox flying far beyond the grapes. It is lively and sets the lively tone for this book. The various cartoonists take creative approaches to their fables, like Charise Harper's approach to BM (16-19). She invents wonderful complaints from the various members! Itsy the mouse treats the lion's belly as a trampoline (20)! Does it help the story to have the wolf go sailing over the cliff above the lying shepherd boy (38)? Simone Lia in CP builds up the crow as an answer-person able to answer hard questions (40-44). Hermes responds to the overly clever second axe-wielder, who has thrown his axe into the pond and claims the golden one Hermes brings to him: You can't lie to me! I'm the god of liars, you dork! (47). Graham Chaffee surrounds the story of DS with cleverly introduced modern urgings to get more. As the boneless dog passes a phone booth, he hears I'm tellin' ya, Sal -- ya can't lose…. (52), Dead frogs with haloes trailing Hermes to the afterlife announce the moral for FK (63). Is it true that I am noticing for the first time Krylov's The Elephant in Favor (71)? It dramatizes effectively the importance of listening! An eagle captures the tortoise and happens to drop him at the race's finish-line (97-102)! GA is told in Disney fashion but adds dashed dreams of stardom by the musical grasshopper (103-108). George O'Connor draws four fables; all other cartoonists here do just one. A very small line at the bottom of the first page of each fable gives a generic source for the story. Krylov, Bidpai, and Ambrose Bierce get into the fun, as do some folktales identified by their country of origin. This is my kind of book!