This stunning paperback edition of the classic Aesop's Fables, illustrated by the internationally revered artist Fulvio Testa, will make a fantastic gift.
Fiona Waters was born in Edinburgh, and is famous in the children's book world for her passion, enthusiasm and expansive knowledge. She is the Editorial Director of Troubadour, The Travelling Book Company, the largest Independent Book Fair Company in the UK and has written over eighty children's books. She won the CLPE Poetry Prize in 2007. She lives in Dorset and has several cats. Fulvio Testa is one of Italy's most distinguished artists and illustrators and has had many exhibitions in the United States and Europe. In addition to his own prize-winning titles, he has illustrated books by authors such as Anthony Burgess and Gianni Rodari.
Gr 1-4-"Do you see that interesting little insect buzzing around my head?" Waters deftly adds a contemporary tone in description and dialogue to her smooth rendering of 60 familiar and less-well-known tales. The terse moral of each fable, concluding each one in customary style, is usually set in traditional terms. The large, rather heavy book has a spacious format; each tale, appearing on the verso, includes a small vignette and faces a full-page illustration. Testa's pen and watercolor drawings are fun, portraying all animals with the large eyes currently popular in cartoon art. This convention gives some of them a cheerful, goofy appearance while others look puzzled, frightened, or just plain blank. Humorous details punctuate some of the outdoor views-the well-known hare reads from his iPod as the tortoise strolls by. Four stories set one after the other, featuring "a foolish ass and a cunning lion," an ass in a lion's skin, another ass in a lion's skin, and a smarter ass traveling with a small restless dog, are likely to evoke perhaps unintended giggles from today's children, who are accustomed to the pejorative nature of the animal's name. With its many comic touches, this anthology presents once again the humor, folly, ingenuity, and wisdom that make Aesop so durable.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"Comprehensive and attractive collection. Attractive and accessible." * Carousel * "A much-loved classic that every child should have" -- Keith Dudhnath * The Bookbag * "It's a wonderful collection that readers of all ages will treasure and come back to time and time again" * Lovereading * "Clear, accessible writing with wonderful illustrations in beautiful warm colours. I think every child's library should include a copy of Aesop's Fables. This version is one I would be happy to recommend, and would make a lovely gift." * Library Mice * "With its many comic touches, this anthology presents once again the humor, folly, ingenuity, and wisdom that make Aesop so durable." * School Library Journal, USA *