Lousy Rotten Stinkin' Grapes

By Margie Palatini; Barry Moser (Illustrator)
(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780689802461, 32pp.)

Publication Date: August 11, 2009

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Fox wants the grapes, but they're too high for him to reach. He's nothing if not crafty, and in this humorous new spin on the well-known fable, fox's scheme is taken to new heights.

About the Author

Margie Palatini is the author of many celebrated picture books, including The Three Silly Billies and Earthquack!, both also illustrated by Barry Moser, and Oink!, illustrated by Henry Cole. She lives in New Jersey. Barry Moser is an author and an artist who has won numerous awards for his work, including the Boston Globe‚ÄďHorn Book Award. He lives in western Massachusetts.

Praise For Lousy Rotten Stinkin' Grapes

"This appealing riff on the Aesop fable of ‚eoeThe Fox and the Grapes‚e is ideal for families that make a point of reading aloud at night‚e¶In ‚eoeLousy Rotten Stinkin‚e(TM) Grapes,‚e a delightful third collaboration of author Margie Palatini and illustrator Barry Moser, the old story takes on a new texture as Fox tries to enlist one animals after another in his quest for the tasty treat‚e¶Mr. Moser‚e(TM)s renderings of the Fox are very funny: We see both the animal‚e(TM)s predatory authority and his egotistical foolishness when he is shown launching himself wildly at the grapes from various absurd locations. †What really seals this picture book as a bedtime choice for children ages 4-8, though, is Ms. Palatini‚e(TM)s lively dialogue‚e¶In the end, as in Aesop, Fox stamps away disgruntled. †But in this version, the other creatures feast cheerfully on the elusive delicacy that was, for resourceful them, always within reach."--Wall Street Journal

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