Yo, Aesop! Get a Load of These Fables
. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers . NY
PZ8.2.R65 Yo 1998 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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The liveliness of this book begins from the front cover's pictures of the traditional fox, grasshopper, and lion with these comments respectively: Won't find him here…not in this book…nope. It continues through Meet Mr. Aesop, which includes the comment that Aesop and Croesus used to wander the countryside challenging people to spell their names (viii). The nine fables handle traditional fable themes in highly contemporary ways. For their subjects they take such as Feathers, Frisbees, & Flying Salami (1). After each fable there is a note of protest or comment from Aesop. Of course, these parodies end up teaching an Aesopic kind of wisdom. An example is A Dog's Life (13), in which a flea turns out to be a big friend. A touch of The Stinky Cheese Man comes when a sheep wanders into Of Mice and Boys (25). The tortoise ends up running against a wolf in tortoise's clothing in Bad Hare Day (38). The book's worst of several puns forms the climax of Sticky Situations (43): The fly was un-Zipped. The book is full of delightful wit!