Title: WHO'S GOT GAME? THE ANT OR THE GRASSHOPPER? ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Scribner, 2003
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. Unpaginated. Published in 2003. The author's third children's book. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Toni and Slade Morrison's "Who's Got Game? The Ant Or The Grasshopper?". The first volume in their Series of adaptations of "Aesop's Fables". Novelist Toni Morrison and her son, Slade Morrison, a professional painter, team up again with the illustrator of their previous joint project, "The Book of Mean People" (2002), Pascal Lemaitre. Aesop's fable about the organized ant and the live-for-today grasshopper provides the picture-book storyline, which is illustrated in highly colored and textured cartoon panels. The setting is urban contemporary and the dialogue is heavily spiced with street talk and references to sports (just as the title is). The characters, Foxy G And Kid A, are depicted quickly and surely in both text and image as the story unfolds with its classic message. The final pages present a moral question usually ignored by Aesop's adaptors: Did the ant do the right thing by withholding charity from one who gave him aesthetic pleasure? The question is Toni Morrison's own lifelong preoccupation as a novelist: The meaning of character and "strength of character" in the face of History's arbitrary and brutal assault to the individual's inner life. The literary critic Patricia Storace has summed up her achievement brilliantly: "Toni Morrison is relighting the angles from which we view American history, changing the very color of its shadows, showing whites what they look like in black mirrors. To read her work is to witness something unprecedented, an invitation to a literature to become what it has claimed to be, a truly American literature" (Patricia Storace). The premature death of Slade Morrison from pancreatic cancer has effectively (and sadly) ended the Series. An absolute "must-have" title for Toni Morrison collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed on the title page by Toni Morrison, Slade Morrison, and Pascal Lemaitre. The Morrisons signed in black pen-marker. Lemaitre signed in pencil, and added a charming drawing of the grasshopper, giving him a smiley face. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such multi-signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Signed Toni Morrisons escalate in value rapidly. Her children's books are no exception. The signatures of her co-creators significantly enhance this copy's value. The late Slade Morrison will, alas, not be signing any more copies. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1977, the Pulitzer Prize in 1988, and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. Toni Morrison's "Beloved" was selected by The New York Times panel of writers, editors, and critics as the most important work of American fiction of the last 25 years. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Honor in 2012. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER TONI MORRISON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0743222474. Bookseller Inventory # 6495
"How can you say I never worked a day? ART is WORK. It just looks like play"
So says Foxy G to his buddy Kid A, in Toni and Slade Morrison's sassy, sly tale of friendship, betrayal, and survival -- or not.
Generation after generation, classic fables, folklore, and myth remain popular because they quicken the imagination of readers and listerners of all ages.
We, the creators of Who's Got Game? were inspired by the wonder of Aesop's Fables -- their vitality, their endless demand for more interpretations. In our versions the original stories are opened up and their moralisitic endings reimagined; the victim might not lose; the timid gets a chance to become strong; the fool can gain insight; the powerful may lose their grip. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. More than a play on these beloved fables, Who's Got Game? is AESOP LIVE!
About the Author:
Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize-winning American author, editor, and professor. Her contributions to the modern canon are numerous. Some of her acclaimed titles include: The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, and Beloved, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988. She won the Nobel Prize for Literature 1993.
Slade Morrison was born in Ohio and educated in New York City. He studied art at SUNY Purchase and maintains a studio in Rockland County where he lives. He has collaborated with his mother on three previous books for children.
Pascal Lemaitre illustrated Toni and Slade Morrison's bestselling Who's Got Game?: Three Fables, as well as many other books for children. He and his family divide their time between Brussels, Belgium, where he teaches illustration, and Brooklyn, New York. Visit him online at PascalLemaitre.com.
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