. Andersen Press . London
PZ8.2.W374 Ae 2010 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Fiona Waters, I am learning, is a prominent creator of children's books; she has produced some eight of them! She and Fulvio Testa have combined to make a very good fable book here. Testa's style remains similar to the style he showed in his 1989 Barron edition encompassing twenty fables. Here he has tripled the number of fables. The inspiration of some scenes remains the same. The illustrations there were branded by the unusual multi-colored borders. Here the illustrations take up the whole of each right-hand page, while texts are on the left-hand pages. The sleeping hare there had been playing solitaire. Now he is on an ipod (title-page and 31)! WC there and here are the same in inspiration, but the venue has changed (11). The cover-page and dust-jacket have a fine FC, which can also be found on 14. There is real distance between these two characters! FS (29) may have improved. The Tortoise and the Eagle (33) is a fine illustration; it gives us a sense of the proud tortoise's smallness. I love the cat hanging with one eye open and fixed on the mouse under the dresser (35). DLS is told twice to accommodate two different versions (38-41). The Lion, the Bear and the Fox (86) does a good job of showing the large beasts' exhaustion. This version substitutes a trap of sticks for the hunter's bow in AD (74). The telling of some fables might make them seem banal; an example is The Hunting Dog, the Lion and the Fox (72). There is a small head-piece for each text besides the full-page illustration. The two illustrations often work together well. A good example is FWT (84): the headpiece illustrates the trap and the severed tail. The full-page illustration shows the fox without a tail trying to persuade the other foxes to get rid of their tails too.