Aesop never wrote fables like these, but maybe he should have! From the story of the wolf who cried "boy" to the foolish grasshopper who spends his time playing his guitar and ends up a rock star, Robert Kraus turns the old familiar tales on their heads and comes up with some unexpected--and hilarious--truths. Full color.
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Familiarity with Aesop's originals seems a prerequisite for tackling this off-kilter collection, which offers goofy but seldom hilarious twists on classic moral tales. In Kraus's (How Spider Saved Halloween) version, the hard-working ants labor while the grasshopper fiddles-and becomes a rock star. A fox dresses as a chicken and sneaks into the coop, but is eaten by another fox. And the wolf in sheep's clothing tries on a police uniform and is arrested for impersonating an officer. You get the idea. Morals conclude each tale, some practical ("Do not pretend to be what you are not"), some silly ("Don't judge a duck by its waddle"). Kraus illustrates these paranoid parables with unfortunate collage compositions: clumsy paper cutouts, glittery material, line drawings and photos seem tossed haphazardly onto an glossy black background, and clash with the placement of the text. The best that can be of these fables is that they encourage readers to see the humor in life's injustices and ironies. Ages 5-up.
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Gr. 3-5, younger for reading aloud. Kraus takes off on Aesop's handy homilies with these modern fables. Reminiscent of the The Stinky Cheese Man, these fables include lampoons such as "Sour Crepes," "The City Moose and the Country Moose," and "The Wolf Who Cried Boy." The dark humor of the fractured fables is reflected in Kraus' use of black pages decorated with collages made up of photographs, papers, textured materials, and artwork done in watercolor, pencil, and crayon. While the multimedia illustrations may initially attract very young readers, the fables can best be appreciated by older kids who know something of the originals and will revel in Kraus' irony and wit. Linda Ward-Callaghan
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