“Imagine the stories Aesop would write if he was surveying American culture today and you'll have a general idea of the contents of this little book; although, much like many of Aesop's original tales, despite the adorable anthropomorphic animals, these stories are not meant for children. This satiric collection mostly hits the right balance of humor and pathos, only occasionally giving into the temptation to beat the moral over the head (e.g. "The Vigilant Rabbit" where each point is literally beaten over the head with a stick, wielded by a rabbit.) My absolute favorite in the collection was "The Sick Rat and the Healthy Rat," followed closely by "The Crow and the Lamb," and "The Grieving Owl." I found myself thinking back over them long after I first read them, at odd moments; what I'm trying to say in my awkward way is that although they are funny, these stories stayed with me.
Ian Falconer, best known as the illustrator for the Olivia series of children's books, gives a wacky kind of innocence to the picture accompanying each tale, which perfectly complements the bite of the fables. (I need to get a framed copy of his adorable interpretation of the curious owl listening intently to the hippo's anus.)”