Pascal Lemaitre. New in New jacket. Book CONDITION: UNREAD 2002 Scribner hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first edition first printing. Decorated end pages. Adorable and fun color illustrations by Pascal Lemaitre most in "comic book" form. Tiny edge wear to top DJ edge. Hip and updated Aesop and his ant and Grasshopper. CONTENT: Rhythmic verse, comic-strip panels, and a bug-populated city are the main elements in this modern twist on an Aesop fable. Kid A, an ant, leaves his grasshopper friend, Foxy G, to return to work: "Got to split, Foxy. The summer's been fun. Time to dump this place, get back in the race. There's a lot of work to be done." Foxy stays on the streets ("I have to groove, move, prove, disprove-") to play music "clear and wild." When the grasshopper's wings freeze, he shamefully goes to the ant's door. Foxy argues that "art is work/It just looks like play, " but his friend rejects him. Strong rhythms and occasional use of slang match the jazzy world depicted in the artwork. Some rhymes seem forced, but in general the poetry is effective, flowing through narration and dialogue. The handwritten cursive text may be challenging for younger readers. Lemaitre's cartoons help with the story's pace, and the switch from small panels to full-page scenes effectively accentuates dramatic moments. The book ends with two wordless illustrations, one showing a not-so-sure-of-himself ant, opposite a look at the grasshopper trudging through the snow. A final scene repeats the grasshopper view, this time depicted as a snow globe, with the phrase "Who's Got Game? " underneath. Readers drawn into the initially lighthearted tale are neatly led to a conclusion that encourages them to ponder and discuss the value and importance of art. K-5.
Very Good in Fine jacket. Signed. First Edition. SIGNED; signed by BOTH authors AND illustrator on title page. First Printing. FINE in FINE dust jacket. Appears unread with NO markings. Pasadena's finest new and used bookstore.
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