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Anno's Aesop: A Book of Fables by Aesop and Mr. Fox Hardcover – April, 1989

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Text: English, Japanese (translation)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 63 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books; 1st US edition (April 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0531057747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0531057742
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,306,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Quick! Name the best-known Japanese picture book author/illustrator read in the United States today! Give up? Well due to the fact that you've decided to look up a review of a book by the ever-popular Mitsumasa Anno, you've probably guessed the answer with minimal difficulty. Yes, Anno is the man I mean. Best known, perhaps, for his intriguing wordless books (highly recommended) the author's focus has shifted dramatically with this intriguing retelling of Aesop's classic tales. Creating a book that is as original as it is faithful to its sources, "Anno's Aesop" is a complex interweaving of text and reinterpretation.

To begin, we are told a story of little Freddy Fox. Running through the woods one day he stumbles across a book of Aesop's fables. After presenting this book to his father he yearns for the stories to be read to him. We are given the distinct impression that Mr. Fox doesn't know how to read, but he's not about to lose face in front of his son. The result is that Mr. Fox gives his own unique spin on the pictures that follow. As the book progresses we are given 2 stories (usually) per tale. At the top of the page, amid the illustrations, is the actual Aesop fable, complete with moral. At the bottom of the same page is Mr. Fox's tale. His versions are usually concerned primarily with small details that aren't readily apparent with the story's first telling. Therefore, a story about the goose that laid the golden egg and whose picture contains a cat is suddenly (in the Fox's version) in his version all about the feline. Children reading these fables are given a choice of either believing that one tale is superior to the other or that they are both possible interpretations of Anno's cleverly detailed illustrations.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Once again, Mistumasa Anno creates an awesome double story in Anno's Aesop. A boy, Freddy Fox, finds a book of Aesop's fables and begs his father to read them to him. The pages show both the pages of Aesop's fables and the words of the father as he "reads" it undearneath. The father creates stories to parallel the pictures. I always love the explanations in the back of Anno's books. Anno, from Japan, travels a lot but doesn't necessarily know the language. He supposes that if his son asked him to read something, he "might pretend" to read the book and so Mr. Fox is a look at Anno himself. I loved reading both the individual fables and ongoing story of Mr. Fox's interpretations. As always, Anno's illustrations are excellently done.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Unimpressed on January 24, 2015
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking for an enjoyable version of Aesop's fables, look somewhere else. This author retells these classic tales in the shortest possible and hard-to-follow way. The parallel "side story", while an interesting idea, is executed in such an unreadable fashion that it's worthless. I am quite happy that I borrowed this book from the local library rather than purchasing it.

I have been using Amazon for 15 years and this is the first review I've ever left for a product, if that gives you any idea of how compelled I was to flag people away from this book. Reading the other reviews, my only guess is that these 5-star-giving individuals are fans of the author specifically, and the halo effect is causing them to look past the book's obvious shortcomings.
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By KK on July 16, 2014
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Perfect~!
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