Fables Aesop Never Wrote

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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.

Fifteen original fables, including "Sour Crepes," "Fox in Chicken Feathers," and "The Dressy Wolf."

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Overview

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.

Fifteen original fables, including "Sour Crepes," "Fox in Chicken Feathers," and "The Dressy Wolf."

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
The tale of the ant and the grasshopper is here. You will also find Aesop's fables about the city and country mouse, the wolf in sheep's clothing, the story of the sour grapes, and the story about the boy who cried wolf. You may, however, have trouble recognizing any of them. It has become a common trick to take the familiar fairy tales and tell them from a different viewpoint. Those stories have been excellent classroom sources for teaching point of view. This book does not do that for Aesop's fables. These rewritten tales are simply for amusement. Although the publisher recommends this book for children as young as 5, children will need to be old enough to appreciate the irony of the wolf who cries 'boy', and the morals of 'Don't put all your eggs in one basket' and 'button your lip.' Students in upper elementary and middle school, however, will appreciate the humor of this book.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A collection of silly joke-length knock-offs of Aesop classics complete with ``morals.'' Youngsters may enjoy the eclectic, mixed-medium collages set on solid black pages and filled with foolishness, but devotees of delightfully clever ``fractured fairy tales'' will find the laughs rather thin. An additional copy of Jon Scieszka's The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (Viking, 1992) is a much better buy.-Virginia E. Jeschelnig, Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, Willowick, OH
Linda Ward-Callaghan
ger 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670856305
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/11/1994
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.79 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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