Synopses & Reviews
Fox eyed a bunch of tantalizing grapes hanging from a vine growing high on a tree.
Those juicy morsels are for me, he said with a grin.
The problem was, Fox was only so high...and the grapes were so, so, so high.
No matter, said he. I am sly. Clever. Smart. After all, I am a fox.
He made a plan....
And what a plan it is Here Margie Palatini and Barry Moser, who collaborated on Earthquack and The Three Silly Billies, give an ingenious -- and hilarious -- twist to the well-loved Aesop's fable The Fox and the Grapes.
"While this variant of Aesop's 'The Fox and the Grapes' is decidedly more entertaining than the original, the moral of the fable is less clear. Palatini's distinctive characters are all amiable, except for the condescending Fox, who prides himself on being 'Sly. Clever. Smart.' With expert watercolors, Moser (who collaborated with Palatini on The Three Silly Billies) subtly retains the lifelike appearances of the animals without sacrificing individualistic expression. Fox's enthusiastic plans to get the grapes are filled with convoluted equations and graphs: 'Bear stands here. Beaver stands on Bear's head there. Porcupine stands on Beaver's tail. I stand on Porcupine.... Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.... and voila! Grapes!' When the other characters explain their infinitely simpler plans to get the grapes, Fox turns 'with a huff and a sniff' and says, 'I, for one, wouldn't think of eating those lousy, rotten, stinkin' grapes now.' The traditional sour grapes ending feels tacked on, given the 'Pride goeth before a fall' theme Palatini effectively develops throughout the story. Ages 4 8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Two superstar talents in children's books come together and put a hilarious twist on the classic fable by Aesop, The Fox and the Grapes. Full color.
Fox wants the grapes, but they're too high for him to reach. He's nothing if not crafty, and in this humorous new spin on the well-known fable, fox's scheme is taken to new heights.
The grapes are tantalizing and juicy—and high up the tree. But don’t worry—Fox is sly and clever, and he has a plan. First, he’ll get Bear to give him a boost. Then, he’ll get Beaver to give him an oomph. He’s sure to be eating grapes in no time at all. Margie Palatini brings us a hilarious twist on the classic Aesop’s fable “The Fox and the Grapes,” and Barry Moser’s expressive illustrations are priceless.
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Margie Palatiniandlt;/bandgt; is the author of many celebrated children's books, including andlt;iandgt;Lousy Rotten Stinkin' Grapes,andlt;/iandgt; andlt;iandgt;The Three Silly Billiesandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Earthquack!andlt;/iandgt;, all illustrated by Barry Moser, as well as andlt;iandgt;Sweet Toothandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Bedheadandlt;/iandgt;, both illustrated by Jack E. Davis. She lives with her family in New Jersey. Visit Margie at margiepalatini.com. andlt;bandgt;Barry Moserandlt;/bandgt; has won numerous accolades for his work, including the prestigious National Book Award for Design and Illustration and the andlt;iandgt;Boston Globe-Horn Bookandlt;/iandgt; Award. He is both an author and an artist, whose illustrations can be seen in books ranging from andlt;iandgt;Voices of Ancient Egyptandlt;/iandgt; by Kay Winters to andlt;iandgt;Hummingbird Nest: A Journal of Poemsandlt;/iandgt; by Kristine O'Connell George. Barry Moser's work is represented in collections throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, and the Library of Congress. He lives in western Massachusetts.