Aesop's Fables Reimagined - Mike Bennett - E-Book

Aesop's Fables Reimagined E-Book

Mike Bennett



Enjoy a delightful collection of some of Aesop's classic fables reimagined by Mike Bennett. This collection includes: The Treasure in the Vineyard The Chair and the Table The Hamster and the Mole The Big Nice Wolf and the Exploding Giant The Tortoise and the Hare The Winking Mule The Lion and the Mouse The Fox and the Grapes The Three Frogs The Bird and the Fox The Spider and the Fly The Wolf and the Lamb The Donkey and the Lion Skin The Crab Apple The Old Lion and the Fox The Fir Tree and the Bramble The Butterfly and the Moth Tatty Blob Body Green

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Aesop’s Fables Reimagined

By Mike Bennett

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Table Of Contents

The Crab Apple 4

The Spider And The Fly 5

The Winking Mule 7

The Donkey And The Lion’s Skin 9

The Bundle Of Sticks 11

The Bird And The Fox 13

The Fir Tree And The Bramble 15

The Wolf And The Lamb 16

The Lion And The Mouse 18

The Butterfly And The Moth 20

The Tortoise and the Hare 22

The Hamster and the Mole 23

The Big Nice Wolf and the Exploding Giant 25

The Old Lion and the Fox 28

The Chair and the Table 30

The Three Frogs 33

The Fox and the Grapes 36

Tatty Blob 39

Body Green 43

The Crab Apple

Once upon a time in Cumbria, there was a crab who lived in a huge apple. His name was Graham, and he was a tiny little crab and loved his home. "I love living in this apple and it's just by the sea. So wonderful for me, I can go and have a dip whenever I like."

Outside his home, he had a sign saying: ‘Private Property - Do Not Disturb.’ However, a cunning fox called Simon saw the notice and threw it in the river. “Private property my foot… I’m going to eat the apple, for I am starving and love apples.“ Yum, yum, yum!

However, whilst devouring the apple, crunch crunch - “Help! I'm being eaten alive!” - he choked to death on the crunchy crab who also sadly perished in the unpleasant incident.

A local observer who was sat on a rock wrote everything down. No prizes for guessing who the observer was.

The moral to the story is quite simple…

“Never trespass on somebody’s property

or steal fruit that does not belong to you

or you may end up losing your breath

whilst choking to death

on a crunchy Cumbrian crab apple.”

The Spider And The Fly

In a forest, on an island called Gabaroodle, there lived a spider. She was called Naga Niggle, and was notoriously nauseatingly obnoxious and unnecessarily nasty.

The sadistic, supercilious, surly, sordid spider prepared a massive web in a wildly wonderful weeping willow tree. However, the extremely rude rascal of a spider built her web without asking permission from the lovely tree.

“Ho ho ho, this wicked web is designed to ensnare the biggest fly ever... hee hee hee, happy days indeed.”

“Please don't build your web in my tree, I'm uncomfortable about your intentions hoo hoo hoo," cried the willow tree, Wendy Wallace.

“Shut your face you weeping little willow, I’ll do as I please. Now let me be, I'm preparing for something special.” The willow tree did not respond, as she was abundantly aware that the spider would not adhere to her wishes.

“Ooh yum yum yummy... I can dine comfortably for at least a month once I’ve caught the biggest fly ever... and I’ve heard that there is one flying around the community, exciting times hee hee hee.”

On that very day, a dangerous, bulbous, bible-black fly with a huge sting landed in the spider's web. The spider was thrilled as she was presumptuously sure she had caught the best prize ever in her wickedly woven web of deceit!

“Yippee, ha ha ha… you are my dinner for at least a month you stupid fat fool,” she yelled at the fly, not knowing that this voluptuous but vile venomous creature from Egypt was very dangerous indeed.

When she went to attack the fly, she was instantly stung to death by the big, bulbous, bible-black fly from Egypt… whose name incidentally was Karakouka, and his favourite dish of the day was spider!

The dastardly, dangerous fly ate the spider and enjoyed his lunch. Although he found the flavour of the spider a bit bland for his own personal taste.

“That will teach her for presuming I was weak and vulnerable,” said the fly, adding “Hmmm, actually that spider didn’t taste too bad, but I’ve had better. A bit of salt and pepper would have been nice.”

For pud-puds the fly ate the web of deceit, much to the relief of Wendy the willow tree who had been weeping all the way through, witnessing the horribly horrendous and monstrously murderous experience between the spider and the fly.

“Oh, I'm glad it’s all over. That was a feverishly frightening and ferocious affair,” she cried before falling into a well-deserved, deliriously deep sleep.

A local traveller and prolific purveyor of fables witnessed all of the shady shenanigans surrounding the spider and the fly, whilst on a tree climbing expedition.

He avidly wrote everything down and came to the conclusion that the moral of the story is as follows…

“Always do your homework

When you try to catch your prey

Or you might meet your death

And that is all I have to say.”

And there is truth in that, for you must always be prepared for the worst in order to achieve your best.

The Winking Mule

Absolutely yonks back, there was this mule that had magical qualities. He lived in a tiny village in Cyprus, where everybody lived in bliss and harmony.

That is, until the little mule called Kostakis found that he had a winking skill, that could help him steal from others.

Kostakis the mule abused his gift to make creatures freeze, and then rob them of their treasure. In other words, he abused his magic to be evil because he got a kick out of it.

He walked into the hub of the village and knocked on every door.

First, a turtle answered the door of his turquoise terraced house, and the mule did his magic wink causing the turtle to freeze. This gave the mule the opportunity to steal the jewellery from the turtle's house. This mule loved jewellery very much indeed.

Using his winking trick to freeze folk, he robbed the homes of a rabbit, a chimpanzee, a goblin, and a spotted gerbil. Feeling really chuffed with himself, he went home to stash the swag that he’d stolen from his fellow-creatures.

But as he looked around his home he noticed that he had been burgled. In fact, his house was threadbare. “What wicked creature could do such a thing to me, I’ve been robbed! As a direct result, I am now medically depressed,” cried the mule.

Then, realising he had done this to others, he started to feel so bad that he went back to the homes of the rabbit, the chimpanzee, the goblin, and the spotted gerbil, and apologised for his terrible behaviour. They all forgave him apart from the turtle, who was not at home when the mule knocked at his door.

Feeling a bit better about himself, he went home to find everything that was stolen had been returned. Sitting around in his house was the turtle he had originally robbed.