Le Petit Perret des Fables d'après Jean de la Fontaine: Les Fables Geometriques

dc.acquired.locationA Bouquiniste along the Seine, Parisen_US
dc.contributor.authorLa Fontaine, Jean deen_US
dc.contributor.authorPerret, Pierreen_US
dc.contributor.illustratorIllustrations et images de synthèse: Christian Hoffman, Marilyn Talarn, Anne Brotot, Philippe Marty, Xavier Duval, Fabien Robert, Claudia Pippien_US
dc.cost.otherCost: FF 60en_US
dc.cost.usCost: $7.50en_US
dc.description.abstractThis is exactly the kind of weird book I was looking for on a rainy day with the bouquinistes in Paris. I am still not sure what we have here. I think it is a book made from or parallel to a TV series. There is an ad for a coming video cassette at the back of the book. I presume that the series, managed by Pierre Perret, presented various stories, and these would have been The Petite Perret of this or that or the other thing. Here is their encounter with La Fontaine's fables. Immediately after the preface we meet, on a two-page spread, a set of geometric figures. These are presumably the sorts of characters Perret uses for his presentations. First, then, we meet L'Orchestre Fou, a musical crowd of geometric shapes introduced in rhyming verse. Are Perret's texts done in a kind of argot? At any rate we soon meet his first poetry, a recasting of La Fontaine's text along with a clever presentation of the fable by figures made out of geometric shapes. The crow in FC, for example, is a black box with two circular eyes (10). When he perches on a shelf and holds a circle-shaped slice, it is very easy to see the crow with a piece of cheese in his mouth. The moral of this fable is that, thanks to La Fontaine, very few opera singers today sing with their mouths full! Next come tips on how to make the figures and a lexique. So it goes through ten fables, whose La Fontaine texts are at the back. Sometimes there are also recipes connected with particular fables. The milkmaid in MM becomes a black child with short braids riding a tricycle with a colorful pitcher balanced on her head (22-23). This fable, with its geometric representations of eggs, checks, hens, a rooster, a pig, cows, and a tricycle may be the wildest visually. Also very clever are the skiing figures of tortoise and hare (30-31). The two ducks in TT become in shape fighter planes based on an aircraft carrier (64-65), and the tortoise grabs onto the landing-gear. The back cover aptly says that Fantôme marries humor and the computer. This is wonderful stuff!en_US
dc.description.bindingThis is a hardbound book (hard cover)en_US
dc.description.noteLanguage note: Frenchen_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityPierre Perreten_US
dc.identifier.isbn9782709609593 ([v.1])en_US
dc.identifier.other3923 (Access ID)en_US
dc.publisherFantome: Editions Jean-Claude Lattèsen_US
dc.subject.lccPZ24.2.P36 Pet 1990en_US
dc.subject.local4Title Page Scanneden_US
dc.titleLe Petit Perret des Fables d'après Jean de la Fontaine: Les Fables Geometriquesen_US
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