Wile E. Coyote was often the antagonist, trying one elaborate scheme after another to capture the Roadrunner. In his "talking" cartoons, Wile E. often referred to himself as a "supergenius" even as his plans went for naught. In Lousy Rotten Stinkin' Grapes, we have a fox that is quite a bit like Wile E. Coyote. The fox wants to acquire the grapes, but only if his grand plans are used. When the other animals (bear, porcupine, beaver, opossum) try to make a suggestion, the fox rudely interrupts and dismisses them. After the last of his designs fails, the fox walks off in a huff and declares his disdain for the grapes leaving the other animals to enjoy the fruit of their labors.
Margie Palatini's text and Barry Moser's illustrations for Lousy Rotten Stinkin' Grapes put a fun, modern twist on Aesop's The Fox and the Grapes. We gain great insight into the elaborate schemes and mighty ego of the Fox and the patience of his animal friends. If you teach a unit on fables, this would make a great addition.
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