Lousy, Rotten, Stinkin' Grapes
By Margie Palatini; illustrated by Barry Moser
Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2009. Unpaged. Picture book.
Patterned after the traditional Aesop's tale of "The Fox and the Grapes," Palantini puts her own spin on the story as the self-proclaimed cunning fox has all his friends help him with his clever, intricate plan to secure some delicious grapes. Despite each friend trying to offer simpler solutions, Fox brushes off every hint of a suggestion, completely assured that nothing could possibly top his brilliant idea. In the end, however, he experiences a very bitter case of "sour grapes."
Beautifully illustrated in vibrant watercolors by the acclaimed Barry Moser, this book is sure to please fans of Aesop's fables.