. EDC Pub. , Usborne Publishing, Ltd. . London ,
PZ8.2.A254 Wat 2003 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This fine little book builds off of Usborne's excellent 1982 publication by the same name. The text has been changed to a significant extent. The departing country mouse had said I'm gong back to the country where life is quiet but safe. Here he responds to the city mouse's Come back and visit soon with You must be joking! The layout is also quite different: from a larger-format pamphlet of 24 pages with five or six panels per page, we have a standard portrait-format paperback book of 64 pages, with only one or two illustrations per page. A number of illustrations from the earlier book are thus left out--e.g., two of the original nine in the first story, TH, or one of the original eight for the next story, The Crow and the Jug. Some of the original pictures are cropped or extended tastefully to meet new requirements here. DM and GA are skipped entirely. A new introduction is added, complete with two illustrations of Aesop. They may be the only new illustrations here. As I mentioned back then, this book presents good series of lively sequential cartoons. I think Nick Price's work is fascinating and fun!