Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Onion Soup and Other Fables

1964, possibly first edition, from Odyssey Press
R. O. Blechman
Onion Soup and Other Fables
Original price $2.95, bought used for 75 cents
Good condition hardcover with worn dustjacket

This is a very quick read, a series of short modern fables, with small, squiggly cartoon illustrations (like less furry and memorable Edward Koren), usually with punning morals, such as the one for the title tale, "Too many broths spoil the cook."  Several of the fables allude to the Cold War, with fear of the Russians, and a scientist who accidentally invents the ultimate weapon.  There's also an almost wordless story of a cross-burning that leads to a black child building a snowman with white children.  I think the best story is the last, about a dead senator's successful re-election campaign.

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