Synopses & Reviews
It's hard to make friends when you're always stinging or biting someone... Down by the great big, brilliant blue river, a not-so-bright crocodile and an equally pea-brained scorpion lived peacefully by themselves. One day, the scorpion realized he needed help getting across the river. Could they control their natural instincts long enough to make it across together? Rebecca and Ed Emberley offer a sprightly new twist on another classic tale with colorful artwork so bold and bright it snaps off the page.
"The Emberleys (The Ant and the Grasshopper) reinterpret a grim, lesser-known fable about two baddies whose natures come back to bite (and sting) them. From the get-go, the father-daughter team infuses the narrative with humor, introducing the protagonists in less than flattering terms: 'They both had brains no bigger than a pebble, which did not serve them very well, as you will see.' Neither has any friends, since the scorpion is 'always stinging things,' the crocodile is 'always biting things,' and their victims 'seem not to like that.' With good reason, readers will be skeptical when the characters promise not to sting or bite each other while the crocodile carries the scorpion across the river, and after giving into their impulses, each blames the other as they sink permanently to the river bottom. The Emberleys' angular, geometric cut-paper art is more static and less varied than some of their previous collaborations, and the ending (while true to the original) is abrupt. Still, there's plenty of fun to be had watching these two Darwin Award contenders bring about their doom. Ages 3 7. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"plenty of fun to be had"--Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Rebecca Emberley and her father Ed Emberley, winner of the Caldecott Medal for Drummer Hoff have created the highly praised picture books, Ten Little Beasties, Chicken Little, and The Red Hen for Roaring Brook Press. Their latest collaboration is The Ant and the Grasshopper. Both live in New England - Ed in Massachusetts and Rebecca in Maine.