Search Results: "Aesop"


BOOK REVIEW

ANNO'S AESOP by Mitsumasa Anno
Released: April 1, 1989

The endlessly inventive Japanese illustrator amazes us yet again with his creative imagination. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YO AESOP! by Paul Rosenthal
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"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)"
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. Read full book review >

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POP-UP AESOP by John Harris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2005

Five fables, four of them not the usual chestnuts, get modern-sounding retellings—"A wolf had worked up a big appetite and was looking for a snack. . . . Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 29, 1971

"The fox's wary glances, self-satisfied grin and disdainful posturing provide all the comment a child will need on the straightforward narration of the text."
This picture-book version of three of Aesop's better-known fables includes the fox's pursuit and rejection of the "sour grapes," his comeuppance at the hands of the stork over the shape of their soup dishes, and his flattery of the crow into singing and dropping the coveted cheese from her mouth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FABLES FROM AESOP by Tom Lynch
adapted by Tom Lynch, illustrated by Tom Lynch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Clumsy work next to the likes of Sogabe's elegant Aesop's Fox (1999) or Cuyler's Roadsigns: A Harey Race with a Tortoise (p. 957). (Picture book/folktale. 7-10)"
The coarsely stitched fabric collages illustrating these 13 retold fables aren't all that's patchy about Lynch's picture-book debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AESOP AND COMPANY by Barbara Bader
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 25, 1991

"Still, an unusually attractive edition; Bader's informative additions are especially valuable. (Folklore. 5-11)"
The author of American Picturebooks from Noah's Ark to the Beast Within (1976), who is also a former editor of Kirkus, presents a selection from one of children's literature's most enduring sources—19 fables in succinct versions based on ancient texts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AESOP IN CALIFORNIA by Doug Hansen
adapted by Doug Hansen, illustrated by Doug Hansen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2013

"This affectionate, glowing collection will be hard to resist. (Fables. 4-8)"
North to south, east to west, across mountain, valley, ocean and desert, California's flora and fauna illustrate adapted Aesopian fables. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMAL FABLES FROM AESOP by Barbara McClintock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A delight. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
Nine of the more familiar fables in gracefully phrased, slightly expanded versions that incorporate the morals in their amusing dialogue. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 2010

"Fans of the first will find more to love, and newcomers can enjoy this and then head back to fourth grade. (Fiction. 7-11)"
The fabled fourth graders of Aesop Elementary, whom no teacher wanted to teach, found their perfect mentor in Mr. Henry Valentine Jupiter. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2007

"Despite a Dewey error and some humor over the head of the target audience, this is a winner, and the final story seems to promise a fifth-grade sequel. (Fiction. 7-11)"
No teacher wants to teach this year's fourth-grade class at Aesop Elementary. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE by Aesop
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 6, 2011

"Plenty of superficial child appeal, but the writer and the illustrator remain deservedly cloaked in anonymity. (iPad storybook app. 4-6)"
Bright, busy and oh-so-bland cartoons positively festooned with touch-activated effects carry this newly rhymed version of the classic fable. Read full book review >

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WILD FABLES by Aesop
by Aesop, developed by Razeware LLC
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2011

"It's an admirable effort with more tales promised for future release; the whole thing could stand to be a little wilder, though. (iPad storybook app. 2-7)"
A small but growing set of Aesop's fables are collected in this app and given a too-literal, but serviceable reworking. Read full book review >