Fables de La Fontaine

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Huré, Alain
La Fontaine, Jean de
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1987
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Here are 21 fables in bandes dessinées, which we speak of these days in terms of graphic novels. The view of the fables is animated from the start. In FS, the stork has monkeys cooking and serving her first-class meal, while the fox rides home hungry on his scooter (18). The cock in UP uses binoculars to see the supposed dogs coming (22). Some of the fables take only one page. FG (30) has just eight panels. Page 34 confirms my sense of how The Cat and the Monkey plays out; the cat is hunched up near the fire whisking the nuts back. The monkey eats them on arrival. That this is a graphic novel is clear on 35 when the lion decapitates the bear who picked up the foul scent in the lion's lair. Huré manages as a good cartoonist to make every fable fit onto a whole number of pages with no leftovers. It seems to me that the texts are all La Fontaine verbatim. Pages 49-60 give the texts of the fables, while 61 offers a T of C. This book belonged previously to a Canadian school. The book has a perfumed smell. I am surprised that I have never heard of Alain Huré before.
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