Fables Aesop Never Wrote, but Robert Kraus did.
. Viking Penguin . NY
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Here is a second extra copy of the first printing. An amusing book that tries to do with traditional fables roughly what Bierce and Thurber did. Though I salute a fellow Milwaukean, I think the effort falls short. The best of the thirteen stories are Lobster, Crab, and Shrimp Step Out (16), The Fox in Chicken Feathers (18), and The North Wind, the Sun, and the Cyclone (22). Word-play works well in Sour Crêpes (24) and The Wolf Who Cried 'Boy' (26). The last offering is Morals Without Fables (32), which includes this: If it looks like a duck,/ walks like a duck,/ quacks like a duck,/ it's probably/ an ugly chicken. The illustrations are accurately described on the flyleaf as truly collage on the cutting edge.