Synopses & Reviews
In this timeless Aesop's fable, a fox and a crow vie for a piece of bread. The crow has it, but can the fox get it? This breathtakingly beautiful picture book adapted by Manasi Subramaniam and by Culpeo S. Fox is an exploration of this tale. Each page stands alone like a brilliant painting; when the pages come together, they tell us the story like never before.
Manasi Subramaniam is an award-winning writer of fiction and poetry.
Culpeo S. Fox is an artist from Germany with a unique focus on wildlife and method art.
"Illustrator Fox's spreads threaten to burst from the pages with swirling paint strokes, smoldering hues, and animal faces that look close enough to touch. Subramaniam (Dancing Bear) spins Aesop's tale in prose that's close to poetry. The first sentence lands right in the middle of the action: 'When dusk falls, they arrive, raucous, clamping their feet on the wires in a many-pronged attack. As Crow makes to join them, a wafting scent gives him pause.' Big outstretched crow wings spread across two pages, the fragrant bakery visible below. The crow snatches a loaf of bread, and a crow's-eye view shows the baker on the ground shaking his fist. The confrontation between fox and crow unfolds step by tense step. Horizontal spreads alternate with vertical; in one, 'Fox raises her neck and howls. Oh, she's a temptress, that one.' Crow opens his mouth to sing in return ('A song is an invitation'), dropping the precious bread. The excitement is all visual, and the sense of threat not inconsiderable. Who knew Aesop's fables held this much drama? Ages 4 up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Aesop noir—gorgeous.”—Kirkus Reviews
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"We need folktales in our collections that shake things up a bit. That arenand#8217;t afraid to get original with the source material. That arenand#8217;t afraid to get, quite frankly, beautiful on us. The pairing of Subramaniam and Fox is inspired and the book a lush treat. An Aesop necessity. Aesop done right." - Elizabeth Bird SLJ Blog
" The excitement is all visual, and the sense of threat not inconsiderable. Who knew Aesopand#8217;s fables held this much drama?" - Publishers Weekly
"This sophisticated but knotty story is therefore probably best suited for reading alone and enhancement with some adult context, but the chilly atmosphere, moral ambiguity, and bleak honesty may give readers a taste of what makes such fables timeless" - The Bulletin of The Center for Childrenand#8217;s Books
It is a White Raven 2014.
Honorable mention in the list of "Best Picturebooks of 2014" by Huffington Post.
""With beautiful artwork, intelligent phraseology, and a versatile layout, The Fox and the Crow invites children to fall in love with a book as a sensory object, and is a good choice for any parent hoping to foster an interest in reading in their child." Portland Book Review
Exquisitely beautiful paintings and spares, poetic text bring Aesop's fable to life like never before.
About the Author
Manasi Subramaniam: Manasi is a writer based in Chennai and is the editor at Karadi Tales. She is an MA in Literature and a former recipient of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association short fiction prize for Asia.
Culpeo S. Fox: Culpeo Fox is an artist and illustrator with a bachelor's degree in Graphic Design. Fox is best known for the self-defining concept of Method Art. Currently living and working in Germany and having a deep love for wildlife, Fox's work focuses on wildlife and animal art, portrayed in a way that can be described best as and#147;culpeo-esqueand#8221;.
Shobha Viswanath: Publishing Director and co-founder of Karadi Tales Company, Shobha Viswanath is passionate about picture books. With two Masters degrees and#150; one in English Literature from the University of Bombay and one in Special Education from Eastern Michigan University and#150; she has a wealth of teaching experience.