Yo, Aesop!: Get a Load of These Fables

Yo, Aesop!: Get a Load of These Fables

by Paul Rosenthal, Marc Rosenthal
     
 

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Aesop's age-old lessons found in his legendary parables endure in "Yo, Aesop!", but thanks to the inspired silliness of brothers Paul and Marc Rosenthal, they are much more entertaining in this spirited storybook. Full color. 64 pp. Ages 6-10. Pub: 4/98.  See more details below

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Aesop's age-old lessons found in his legendary parables endure in "Yo, Aesop!", but thanks to the inspired silliness of brothers Paul and Marc Rosenthal, they are much more entertaining in this spirited storybook. Full color. 64 pp. Ages 6-10. Pub: 4/98.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6 UpThese nine fables are not just fractured, they're splintered, and the title and subtitle indicate the irreverent tone. At first glance, the large type and cartoon illustrations may indicate an advanced version of Jon Scieszka's The Stinky Cheese Man (Viking, 1992). However, what should be funny and clever is smart-alecky and sarcastic, lacking the whimsy and playfulness of Stinky. Each fable has a message (moral) written by "Aesop." For example, in "Bad Hare Day" two turtles race but the winner is a wolf inside a turtle suit. Message: "In my day, no one got confused and turned up in the wrong fable. What is it with you modern guys? If you ask me, it's all that TV everyone is always watching. Makes your brain go soft. Back in ancient Greece, we didn't watch TV. We just sat around hoping that someday, someone would invent pizza." With characters turning up in the wrong fables, the impertinent tone, and the nightclub humor that is dependent on knowing the original stories, one must question the audience for this book. These modernized versions have an adult sensibility, akin to slapstick without the humor. They might better pertain to Mad TV. Aesop might have said, "Yo, bros, why you dissin' my fables?"Julie Cummins, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Appropriately scheduled for publication on April Fools' Day, these nine fables spin away wildly from their Aesopian predecessors: A flea-bitten dog spares one of his tiny tormenters, who then returns the favor when the dogcatcher arrives; worms develop an elaborate Early Bird Alarm, but can't set it because they haven't any hands; a cockroach comes to a bad end after helping an ungrateful dog and cat get a bag of cookies down from a high shelf; having wandered into a previous fable, the wolf in sheep's clothing never makes his gig. Aesop himself appends jokes, protests, or critical comments to each fable; retro animal cartoons, ranging from full-bleed, in-your-face scenes to postage stamp vignettes, are placed beside, beneath, around, and within the text, which comes in various sizes of type. Readers of Jon Scieszka's and Lane Smith's Stinky Cheese Man (1992) will feel right at home; only by comparison could the send-ups and book design of this one possibly be considered restrained. (Picture book/folklore. 7-9)

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ISBN-13:
9780756787615
Publisher:
DIANE Publishing Company
Publication date:
03/28/2005
Pages:
51

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