Les fables de La Fontaine en argot illustrées
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The texts in a book like this are titillating for me: I can find just enough in the slang to have some idea what we are talking about. After some effort, I recognize perhaps even more of La Fontaine's story. Then comes a crucial expression, surely highly idiomatic, and I am more lost than ever! It helps that the 23 stories here come straight from La Fontaine. It also helps that there are seven pages of "Lexique" at the end. The illustrations are sometimes sardonic twists on the original fable. The wolf in Adidas shorts invites the lamb to drink from the river while he holds a bottle of poison behind his back (22)! The cow tries to interrupt the fighting bulls to indicate that she has changed her mind (114). The illustrations regularly confirm the moral of a fable by extreme representation. The lion declares the gnat the winner with a “thumbs up” (108).