Ah, the wondrous Aesop has met his match! This is a collection of invaluable fables each with a moral. Take the grasshopper who comes home and goes out to play, leaving just a little bit of homework to do after dinner. That little bit turns out to be an assignment to rewrite these twelve Greek myths as Broadway musicals complete with set design. The mother of said grasshopper screams , “How long have you known about this?” and our hero replies, “I don’t know.” The moral of the story: Don’t answer “I don’t know” to “a hopping mad grasshopper mom.” Sounds good. They’re all short and hilarious and as always the illustrations are a treat. In fact, if you talk to Jon Scieszka, he’ll tell you that our kids are incredibly visual and they are very keen observers and get much more from the picture book than we ever would have at their age. Cool!