Vibrant and subversive in style -
here's Aesop with a difference.
With catchy rap-rhythms and witty retelling, Vivian French breathes
new life into the famous Greek tales. Taking some of the best-loved Aesop
characters, she captures their tricks and foibles with humour and affection.
Add to this the sheer wild inventiveness and rich detail of Korky Paul's
illustrations and you end up with the funkiest fables around!
Vivian French's contribution reads
particularly well aloud, and this quality characterises her AESOP'S FUNKY
FABLES, a title which should not deter buyers.
Her prose is alive with
comic energy, and she uses rhymes, raps, and refrains that insist upon youthful
participation. Classrooms will light up, given a teacher with a weakness for
Korky Paul's leering wolves, grinning foxes and spinning
hares whirl frenetically around the words, balanced by the occasional lugubrious
tortoise or flock of sheepish sheep. There's no drawing breath until the last
gasp of the last line.