Aesop's Funky Fables
. Viking Penguin . NY ,
PZ8.2.F74 Ae 1998 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Colored illustrations and black-and-white alternate in presenting ten fables in the slick, large-format hip book. As might be expected from the Funky in the title and from the sleazy fox on the title-page's couch, there are several rap presentations here. The best of these song approaches is LM. BW involves three simulated wolf attacks. The boy says that there was a wolf (1) that he drove away, (2) that must have slipped away, and (3) that has vanished. He gets diminishing accolades and attention. The wolf devours all the sheep while the boy sits perched afraid in a tree; later he is sent by the other shepherds to do menial work in town. In FS, Mr. Fox invites Mrs. Stork in order to have someone admire his great cooking. He comes up with the wide flat dish idea at the last minute fearing that she might eat too long and too well. Mrs. Stork invites him for that evening. Note her toothy grin (38) as she welcomes him to a meal served in twelve vases! The text unfortunately refers to these in terms of dish and bowl, albeit tall and narrow. The jackdaw in clay-gray feathers among the pigeons is a great visual creation (50). The Bat, the Bramble and the Cormorant (56) is infrequently presented, I believe. It handles the etiology well and includes a great colored image of the three shipwrecked on the beach (62). The wolf promises the crane silver, gold, and a wife! New to me is The Traveller and the Bear (74): the traveller looks up and falls down. The illustrations are indeed funky, and I like them! First published 1997 by Viking Penguin in Great Britain.