The Globe Trotting Flea and Other Animal Fables.
Leave it to Meg to find an unusual book like this! The nine fables here tend to confirm the hypothesis that most good new fables end up reproducing features of classic fables. Thus The Skylark and The Hawk has features of the Aesopic The Wolf and the Horse and The Wolf and the Sheep fable with the flute music that brings the dogs. The Dragonfly has connections with MM. One of the best here, The Piglet and The Crocodile, is about crying so much over something insubstantial that your predator can find you. The Two Sparrows reminds one of Aesop's two goats on the bridge, though this version adds insightfully that the issue was not bravery but obstinacy. The Golfish replays TMCM. The art alternates between primitive and psychedelic. The best specimens are, I believe, the primitive ones, particularly all the renditions of the travelling flea and those of the piglet in tears. See my 1983 Animal Fables: Eight pull-out storyboards for an earlier effort of the same persons (minus Ross). The Hippopotamus and The Antelope from there is newly illustrated. The Two Sparrows uses all of the earlier illustrations but needs to drop one for lack of space. The Goldfish has to drop two illustrations for lack of space.
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