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I am a sucker for stunning book art, which is why I added Christopher Wormell to my collection of children's books. He is the master of lino-cuts in vibrant colours. Here, he takes on Aesop's Fables and brings each tale to life. Each fable is given one page for the title and lesson while the opposite page is devoted to the splendid illustration. I can certainly see a parent and child reading this together, with the child looking in wonder at the pictures. The book itself is a treat with dark
A gorgeous picture-book, recommended to me by a friend, Mice, Morals, & Monkey Business features Christopher Wormell's vividly colorful linoleum-block prints, each paired with a moral and accompanying fable name, in huge letters. The fables from which these morals are derived are produced at the back of the book, so older children can read the story, while younger readers are entertained by the illustrations and simple morals.I have to agree with my friend Chandra, that the artwork is what makes...
Consider this an annotated bibilography of some of Aesop's more popular fables. It gives the lessons, a beautiful lino-cut illustration, and a summary of the story. A great refresher for those who can't remember their Aesop fables.
Gorgeous linoleum-block prints are the highlight of this book capturing the lessons from Aesop's fables. The book itself is a very quick read, but I'm not sure what the intended audience is. For parents reading with children, they will want to have a familiarity with each of the stories (thankfully, the summaries are provided in the back of the book) in order to explain the lessons. I expect that this was more of a labor of love, an homage to Aesop, rather than an attempt to teach children about...
The fun title caught my attention right away and I felt this would be a good book to share with my nephews. The illustrations a nice and most of the tales where familiar to me however I wish the layout had been done better. Having the illustrations shown next to quotes with the actually stories in the back didn't make for the most enjoyable reading experience.
I liked the illustrations but found the lack of text dull. I didn't understand why the stories were presented in the back of the book rather than alongside the full-sized images. It made for a distracting read to have to constantly flip back and forth.
I love Christopher Wormell's style. We have a couple of posters that he made for California's Coastal Clean-up day. I'm no keen on a book that just has the morals from Aesop's fables. It just doesn't work without the stories.
This is a children's picture book. Not a story. It's a way to introduce your children to Aesop's Fables.