La Fontaine: Fables
Here are twenty-eight fables each situated on two or three pages and receiving one square illustration. The book is 78 pages long and about 6 x 7¼. The illustrations are decidedly contemporary, thought-provoking, and--might one say--geometric. Thus the first illustration puts the grasshopper as a guitar-toting beggar on a Paris metro. The fox who has the cheese is on the TV which the crow is watching (9); is he perhaps a televangelist? The frog shoots up his skinny arm with a hypodermic needle as he watches the huge ox hold up a set of weights (11). Does the dog, as he carries his attaché case, find the wolf hiding his face in a bread line (13)? The oak is just saying Pensée unique! to the reed as his face--the tree trunk--cracks into two (30)! The woodsman goes after death with a chain-saw (33)! The hare has wrapped his car around a tree and lies sprawling out its door, while the tortoise rides by on his bicycle (55). The heron's snail is a fast food place, the only thing open late at night (62). This book is fun!