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Morrison, Toni; Morrison, Slade & Lemaitre, Pascal. WHO'S GOT GAME? THE ANT OR THE GRASSHOPPER? . New York City, NY: Scribner, 2003. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. As New/As New. Signed.

The author's third children's book. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The first in a planned 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). A "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 marker. Lemaitre signed in pencil and added a charming drawing of the grasshopper, giving him a smiley face. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for some time even though it went into multiple subsequent printings. This is one of few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Signed Toni Morrisons escalate in value very rapidly, and even her brilliant children's books are no exception. The signatures of her co-creators significantly enhance this copy's value. A very 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. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER TONI MORRISON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0743222474. $150.00

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