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Squids Will be Squids: Fresh Morals, Beastly Fables (Picture Puffin)

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A collection of new and wacky fables with fresh morals, which are about all kinds of bossy, sneaky, funny and annoying people. A general moral offered by the book is, "If you are planning to write fables, don't forget to change people's names and avoid places with high cliffs".
Paperback, 48 pages
Published August 23rd 1999 by Puffin Books (first published 1998)
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Melissa Long
Mar 26, 2012 Melissa Long rated it liked it
The book is set up in a vertical, or portrait, format, with one page consisting of the text and the other consisting of illustrations. However, every once in a while the images and text will be together in a double page spread. Neither the text nor the illustrations are restricted by boarders but have a full bleed on each page. A unique thing about the text in particular; however, is that at the end of each "mini story" on each page is a little enclosed text box that says "Moral" and then gives ...more
Feb 29, 2016 Desty rated it really liked it
What a funny book.
Isinya beberapa fable tentang kelakuan manusia. Setiap fable akan dilengkapi dengan moral of the story.
Nah yang lucu itu kadang moral of the story-nya nyeleneh...tapi ya makjelb juga.
Paling suka sama cerita Rock Paper Scissors

Rock, Paper, and Scissors were assigned to be partners for the big end-of-the-year Science project.
Rock thought up the idea for the project.
Paper drew all of the charts and graphs and illustrations.
Scissors did the research and the presentation.
It wasn't
Nov 02, 2012 Punk rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Picture Book. Fun illustrations with sly humor and somewhat punny morals, modeled on Aesop's fables, where if you can't say something nice about someone, go ahead and say something mean but change their name to "mouse" or "horseshoe crab." My favorites were "Squids will be Squids," "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day," and "There are some things we don't talk about at the dinner table." Also the image of a shark eating a tuna fish sandwich.

Colorful full-page art and text featuring u
Danni Green
Apr 22, 2015 Danni Green rated it really liked it
This book was a lot of fun, though I am not sure I would have liked it as much when I was in the target age group. Readers who are disturbed by morbid humor might find some of the stories in this book distressing (I know I would have it I'd read it as a chld) I would definitely recommend reading Aesop's Fables and other similar classics like the Just-So Stories by Rudyard Kipling, before reading this book, in order to fully appreciate the context of the parodic humor.
Katie Adee
Feb 26, 2013 Katie Adee rated it really liked it
Hilarious. Great art. Had me grinning the whole way through. The silliness is a perfect appeal to kids and the morals (Aesop fable stuff) are applicable to every day life.
Andrea Wilkinson
Apr 07, 2013 Andrea Wilkinson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book, fiction
This is really funny--classic Jon Scieszka!
May 10, 2017 Cosette rated it really liked it
Written for a tad older crowd, but fun read nonetheless.
Dina Rahajaharison
May 12, 2017 Dina Rahajaharison rated it really liked it
'Whatever looks like a pigeon and acts like a pigeon usually makes good pigeon pie."
Feb 29, 2016 Alison rated it really liked it
Title: Squids will be Squids: Fresh Morals Beastly Fables

Author: Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

Genre: Fable

Theme(s): Morals, Lessons

Opening line/sentence: “One bright and sunny day, Grasshopper came home from school, dropped his backpack, and was just about to run outside to meet his friends.”

Brief Book Summary: A collection of fables that feature animals, and objects not people. There are also reoccurring characters and stories throughout the book.

Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Viking 199
Sheri Radford
Mar 12, 2017 Sheri Radford rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
A truly weird picture book filled with truly weird (and sometimes hilarious) fables.
Brigid McMenamin
Jun 29, 2016 Brigid McMenamin rated it liked it
Title: Squids will be Squids: Fresh Morals, Beastly Fables
Author: Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
Genre: Fable
Theme: Humor, morals, animals, fables
Opening line/sentence:
Fables have been around for thousands of years.
Brief Book Summary:
Throughout this book, there are eighteen fables rewritten with animals and silly situations for kids to enjoy. Each story has a moral written at the end.
Professional Recommendation/Review #1:
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Jon Scieszka has once a
Jul 24, 2009 Shel added it
Shelves: picturebooks
Scieszka, J., & Smith, L. (1998). Squids Will Be Squids: Fresh morals, beastly tales. New York: Puffin Books.


A good break from or companion to Aesop's Fables. Squids Will Be Squids shares 18 silly fables that manage to be both relatable to kids and incorporate far-fetched ideas to amuse. The moral accompanying each story manages to be just the right amount of ridiculous to get kids laughing out loud. Issues explored including saving a huge history project to the last minutes, deali
Feb 25, 2017 SaraKat rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenile
Eh. Some of the fables were cute, some not.
Aug 08, 2012 Cindi rated it it was amazing
The writing and illustration team that created "The Stinky Cheeseman and Other Fairly Stupid Tales" has teamed up several times in the past. Another of Jon Scieszka's and Lane Smith's amazing books for kids that adults are sure to enjoy is "Squids Will Be Squids: Fresh Morals, Beastly Fables." Full of animals and inanimate objects that are the subject of moral tales in the spirit of a twisted and skewed Aesop, everyone who reads this book will be laughing out loud.

Each fable is one or two pages
Sep 03, 2009 Bernadette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Apparently, to write fables, all you have to do is think of someone you don’t like, change them into an animal and add a moral. That’s exactly what happens in this book as the readers are taken through several animal tales including ‘Grasshopper Logic’, about a grasshopper who procrastinates on his homework, ‘Elephant and Mouse’, about an elephant who forgets to call home, ‘Straw and Matches’, about straw who decides not to play with matches, ‘Little Walrus’ who tells the truth about his mother ...more
May 18, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it
This is one of my favorite books to read for a class visit to the library. Jon Scieszka is a fantastic children's book author with lots of kid and adult appeal (The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales), as is Lane Smith (John, Paul, George & Ben, It's a Book), so this collection of "fables" is truly a snarky delight. According to Scieszka, "If you can't say something nice about someone, change the guy's name to Donkey or Squid." Basically, ...more
Feb 26, 2013 Valeta rated it really liked it
This book consists of several short and hilarious stories that lead to a moral. My favorite is Straw & Matches. It’s about Straw suggesting a fun activity and Matches making unfair rules. The moral of the story is don’t play with matches.

I give this book a four star rating. It is an enjoyable reading and has great illustrations to go with each of the stories.

Classroom Connection
Conduct a classroom discussion about fables. If necessary, define fables (a short narrative stor
Jun 13, 2009 Brenna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
To tell a story about a known associate, but to substitute an animalistic series of characters for the role of the tale's human counterparts, is what author Jon Scieszka associates with the recounting of a “fable.” Henceforth, one is to assume that the eighteen fables presented herein are based on actual events. This basic assumption leads to the greater enjoyment of each.

Take, for instance, the “beastly fable” regarding “Grasshopper Logic.” The moppet grasshopper, as is his wont, procrastinates
Jul 06, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it
Another fine read by Jon Scieszka (author of "The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales", "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" and "Math Curse") that will surly get the attention of any reader with a sharp (read weird) mind. A take off from the fables of Aesop (who was thrown to his death off a cliff), you meet Elephant, Squid, Ant, Echidna, Walrus, Slug, Straw, Matches, Rock, Paper & Scissors, even BeefSnakStik, among many others. Their stories/fables are told, and each has a ...more
Abby Spiel
Every page has a moral or lesson to be learned. There isn't necessarily a plot, but a story on each page that basically teaches the "moral of the story." The characters in the book vary. There are some animals such as deer, squid, a mouse and a rabbit, and then there is a page that has types of breakfast foods as the main characters. That page gives a story about toast and eggs at a breakfast table discussing the positives and negatives of each food, then the moral of the story was, "Breakfast i ...more
Sashel Palacios
Sep 04, 2014 Sashel Palacios rated it really liked it
Jon Scieszka writes another great children’s book called Squids Will Be Squids: Fresh Morals and Beastly Fables, which has a lot of similar features like his other books. Throughout the book, each page is a different “story” that successfully, explains a moral while keeping it child friendly. For example, the first “story” tells an experience of a young Grasshopper who tells his “Mom Grasshopper” that he has no homework and he has time to go on a play date with a close friend. When the Grasshopp ...more
Ashley R.
Apr 26, 2014 Ashley R. rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Squids Will Be Squids is a very busy book! There is so much to look at and it is all divided up into specific sections. It is a children's book, but it is split up into moral lessons, kind of like chapters. This book has several stories in it that have the purpose of teaching common moral lessons and some not so common ones. At the end of each story, the targeted moral lesson is explained very clearly. The illustrations in this book are extremely bold. The color scheme in Squids Will Be Squids i ...more
Sep 07, 2010 Maria rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Scieszka points out that fables are ways to gossip about people without getting in trouble because you change their names. This book is filled with clever new fables about beasts with important morals like, "There are plenty of things to say to calm a hopping mad Grasshopper mom. 'I don't know' is not one of them." and "If you are an ant and are going to dump your best friend for a new one, you should know that Echidna is another name for Spiny Anteater."

Why I started this book: I was checking b
Becky B
Scieszka turns his hand to fables with morals you may have heard or may not have, but definitely never quite in this way.

I know, I know...'How are you just now getting around to reading this!?!' Well, sometimes we librarians just have so much to read that we know the basic gist of certain books and they keep getting pushed to the bottom of the to-read pile for ones I don't know the basic gist of. I'm glad this one managed to claw it's way to the surface. Scieszka is always good for a chuckle or
Jun 29, 2011 CB rated it really liked it
After giving the Big Bad Wolf his say and covering the Gingerbread man in stinky cheese, Scieszka and Smith have now flipped Aesop on his head. Similar to The Stinky Cheese Man, this book presents a series of brief stories which only loosely resemble Aesop's original fables. Each piece contains a clearly identified moral (it labels it "moral" with brackets and a different font). In "Frog's New Shoes", for instance, Frog watches a TV commercial for new skateboard shoes, runs out to buy them, and ...more
Andrew Foster
Mar 07, 2012 Andrew Foster rated it it was amazing
Grade Level: Kindergarten to 6th

Awesome book! The fables were hilarious and really taught good lessons. Children will love this book. It teaches great lessons that can easily be transferred into real life situations and create a great deal of discussion.

A teacher can use this to have children write a fable of two animals or objects that teaches a lesson in a fun and interesting way. This would also be a great way to tie in Aesop's fables into a lesson by showing the similarities of the two. Allo
Dec 18, 2009 Ronyell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animal-books
"Squids Will Be Squids" is a follow up to Jon Scieszka's and Lane Smith's most popular books "The Stinky Cheese Man" and "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs." In this book, there are many fables talking about morals in the modern world such as a fable about how a young grasshopper makes his mother angry by waiting until the last minute to complete a huge assignment and a fable about a young walrus who tells her friend Whale a bit too much about what her mother is doing out of town.

"Squids W
Brad Boyd
Mar 25, 2012 Brad Boyd rated it liked it
Squids Will Be Squids, a picture book written by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith, is presented in almost an extreme portrait fashion; it is much taller than it is wide. The book is a compilation of several mini stories. The first thing I noticed about the book is the text style. Every "fable" has a "moral" at the bottom of the page. The context of the actual stories is fairly plain, but has larger print than normal. The text of the morals is a more gothic print, and is a different col ...more
Apr 24, 2012 Lexi.vernaglia rated it liked it
This book is a picture book where each page goes with each other. Instead, each page is a little story with a lesson to be learned from it. However, they are written life fables, where names are changed or in this case people turn into animals. One of the stories in the book was about an elephant and a mosquito that were hanging out. They both lost track of time, and when elephant finally saw the clock he noticed that he was past curfew. He mentioned that he should call his parents so they didn’ ...more
Julia Brumfield
Dec 22, 2016 Julia Brumfield rated it really liked it
Due to its relationship with the Stinky Cheeseman I was more than a bit nervous about how this story was going to turn out especially when seeing that same character in the same collage along with a collection of virtues and other creatures.

Fortunately within the first paragraph of the Introduction I was smitten. The book has a tongue-in-cheek humor that continues to spin throughout all the stories' morals.

Although the artwork is nothing to write about the wonderful lessons are worthy of shar
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Jon Scieszka is a writer and teacher. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two children. Occasionally he has been known to howl at the full moon. --from the dust jacket of "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs"

Jon Scieszka is also the author of the best-selling ALA Notable Book, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, as well as Knights of the Kitchen Table, and The Not-So-Jolly Roger
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