Picks and Pans Review: New for Children

UPDATED 01/16/1989 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 01/16/1989 at 01:00 AM EST

>CRY WOLF AND OTHER AESOP FABLES

Barry Castle's arresting illustrations for this book—painted in rusts, slate blues, orange-reds—blend contemplative human faces with businesslike animals. Castle at times suggests a 15th-century Italian transplanted to the overtly cynical present. Naomi Lewis' version of Aesop's tales is serviceable, though she burdens them with explicative doggerel. Of the rooster who crows over a victory, attracting an eagle's fatal attentions, she writes: "The boaster loses what he gains/His noise annoys; his favor wanes/Bide your time with secret face/You yet may take the boaster's place." (Oxford, $14.95)

FIND THAT PUPPY! Marcia Leonard's rhymes in this book for younger children, though, seem totally appropriate: "Look at this picture for good things to eat/For something that's sour and something that's sweet/Find apples and grapes, find hot dogs and steak/Tomatoes, potato chips, carrots and cake." Maxie Chambliss's bright drawings show enough bustle to give the little guys a challenge when they try to find the pooch hidden in each one. (Bantam, $4.95)

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