Wednesday, 9 October 2019

"Aesop's Fables" retold by Elli Woollard, illustrated by Marta Altes (Macmillan Children's Books)

Time for a luxurious new edition of a set of stories that have thrilled and entertained children for generations.

"Aesop's Fables" retold by Elli Woollard with illustrations by Marta Altes takes the familiar tales and gives them a jolt in the arm with some brilliantly woven rhymes, to really bring these stories bang up to date - making them huge amounts of fun for little readers.

Along with Marta's gorgeous full colour illustrations, the well known - and less well known fables are stunningly brought to life.

Remember the tale of the boy who cried wolf?

How about The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse?

Each story is designed to be a quick read, but with messages that will stir the soul, and make you think long after you've closed the covers of this absolutely beautiful book.

Let's take a look inside at a sample of some of the stories...

Two Travellers and the Bear
Elli's rhymes are bang-on as usual, and Marta's illustrations (particularly her animal and character work) are sublime.

One of the best known fables of all - The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Sum this book up in a sentence: A fantastic collected version of some of the best-known Aesop's Fables in an edition with wide age appeal.

"Aesop's Fables" retold by Elli Woollard and Marta Altes is out now, published by Macmillan Children's Books (kindly supplied for review).