Aesop, Just in Rhyme: A New, Humorous Version of the Great Fables for Readers of All Ages
Murphy, John W
. John Murphy , [Xlibris] . [Philadelphia, PA]
PZ8.2.M86 Ae 2001 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This book surprised me when I first learned of it. Now I am surprised to learn that it has been privately published. I have read the first thirty pages of these humorous verse renditions of the fables. My strongest impression is that the rhyme scheme and meter force the storyteller into some infelicitous phrases and some padding. Murphy's wit may come through best in the morals. Consider this for the fable about the drowning boy and the pedant: For those who take pleasure in censure,/try helping, it's a new adventure (18). Murphy closes the fable about the farmer and the eagle who saved him: It's fun to savor/doing a favor (34). The recurring blank pages are disconcerting: 19, 31, 35 and more. The illustrations are black-and-white copies of Condé's work. What this book may show most is, first, that Aesop's stories continue to beckon to both listeners and tellers and, second, that they invite playful development.