The Fate of Fausto
There was once a man who believed he owned everything and set out to survey what was his.“You are mine,” Fausto said to the flower, the sheep and the mountain, and they bowed before him. But they were not enough for Fausto, so he conquered a boat and set out to sea…Working for the first time in traditional lithography, Oliver Jeffers, combines art with prose, hand set using traditional lead type, to create a modern-day fable.

The Fate of Fausto Details

TitleThe Fate of Fausto
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 17th, 2019
PublisherHarperCollins Children’s Books
ISBN-139780008357917
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Fiction, Environment, Nature, Death

The Fate of Fausto Review

  • Somia
    January 1, 1970
    2.75 STARS: A Coffee Table Book – Ok-ish but Not a Book I will Remember I like the message in this little book, a good message for kids to learn/discover, but I don’t think this book depicts the message as wonderfully as it could have. The illustrations, for me were disappointing, they didn’t captivate my gaze and have me sighing in pleasure as I wished I could draw like the illustrator. Plus, very little is written, I know this is a children’s book, but there was more than one page with only on 2.75 STARS: A Coffee Table Book – Ok-ish but Not a Book I will Remember I like the message in this little book, a good message for kids to learn/discover, but I don’t think this book depicts the message as wonderfully as it could have. The illustrations, for me were disappointing, they didn’t captivate my gaze and have me sighing in pleasure as I wished I could draw like the illustrator. Plus, very little is written, I know this is a children’s book, but there was more than one page with only one sentence and no illustrations!!A book I’m glad I didn’t purchase.Free copy provided by Amazon.
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  • Raven Black
    January 1, 1970
    This is not really for the picture book crowd. I think if you explain the story to the older child, they will appreciate the message, but may not pick it up right away. This is a book you experience on your own level due to biases and experiences. If anything, this is a coffee table picture book.
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  • KDV
    January 1, 1970
    A surprise ending -- for a picture book anyway -- that I was very happy with. I doubt most parents will like it. I liked it.
  • Kate Wyver
    January 1, 1970
    I'd like Oliver Jeffers to come and draw waves all over the walls in my house.
  • Edward Sullivan
    January 1, 1970
    A poingnant modern-day fable about greed and hubris.
  • Maeve
    January 1, 1970
    Don't be greedy!
  • Lindsey
    January 1, 1970
    I love the simplicity, message, and artwork.
  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    If I had encountered this as a child, I think it would've stayed with me for the rest of my life. Instead, the fables my father told in lieu of bedtime stories fill that role, and this, while as charming as I find all of Oliver Jeffers' work, serves more as a pleasant reminder of those tales than a new and poignant insight.
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  • Billie
    January 1, 1970
    Oliver Jeffers does it again! With The Fate of Fausto: A Painted Fable, he has created a timeless tale of greed and hubris completely suited to our current time. With shades of both The Little Prince and the works of Jon Klassen, and a moral that encompasses both the endurance of nature and the importance of understanding, this gorgeous picture book is sure to appeal to adults and kids alike.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    You might recognize Oliver Jeffers's name from my recommendation of Stuck few months ago. When Penguin Random House asked me if I'd like to share his newest book, The Fate of Fausto: A Painted Fable (releasing today!), I jumped at the opportunity, because I love Jeffers’s books.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀The Fate of Fausto is the story of a man who believes he is entitled to everything in the natural world and sets out to claim all as his. He convinces the flower, the sheep, and more that they belong to him, and You might recognize Oliver Jeffers's name from my recommendation of Stuck few months ago. When Penguin Random House asked me if I'd like to share his newest book, The Fate of Fausto: A Painted Fable (releasing today!), I jumped at the opportunity, because I love Jeffers’s books.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀The Fate of Fausto is the story of a man who believes he is entitled to everything in the natural world and sets out to claim all as his. He convinces the flower, the sheep, and more that they belong to him, and each acquiesces. When the mountain resists, Fausto tantrums like a toddler, eventually getting his way. It is the sea, however, that teaches Fausto his lesson and leaves the reader with a hard-to-forget moral. Jeffers closes the story with an anecdote about the importance of knowing when what you already have is enough, ending the book with a direct hit in case (somehow) you miss the message through the story of Fausto himself.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Jeffers's art is as direct and bold as his words. Illustrated through traditional lithographic prints (this is Jeffers's 1st time to use lithography as an illustration medium), Jeffers uses a simple color palette (with lots of white) to ensure that the audience focuses on what is important -- the intensely negative effects of selfishness and greed. Be sure to check out both of the end pages, as well as the hard cover underneath the dust jacket.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Publishers target this book to ages 4-8, but I'd skew toward the higher end of that age range. Fausto serves as a terrific reminder for audiences of all ages of the importance of altruism, temperance, and generosity throughout our lives.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Inspired by trying to understand what made lithographic illustration so unusual, we had a great time taking this #beyondthebook and doing our own print-making! At first, I tried to find an at-home, kid-friendly lithography hack, but alas... lithography is way too complicated for hacks. So, we played around with some standard print-making, and it was a HUGE hit! Swipe for a video and visit my website for details on how we did this.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀I received this book from the publisher in exchange for sharing my honest thoughts and experiences.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Hmmmm. I'm a big Oliver Jeffers fan, and I appreciate this parable about greed, illustrated (surprisingly -- I didn't know until I read it) via traditional lithographic printmaking. Printmaking takes a LOT of compositional planning, so it's a nice study of the book to know that each of Jeffers' minimal lines and gestures is very intentional, even as they still look loose and childlike. Still, this is one of those extra-long, not-quite-clear-about-audience adult/child picture books. The story wou Hmmmm. I'm a big Oliver Jeffers fan, and I appreciate this parable about greed, illustrated (surprisingly -- I didn't know until I read it) via traditional lithographic printmaking. Printmaking takes a LOT of compositional planning, so it's a nice study of the book to know that each of Jeffers' minimal lines and gestures is very intentional, even as they still look loose and childlike. Still, this is one of those extra-long, not-quite-clear-about-audience adult/child picture books. The story would probably be best enjoyed with discussion by kids 8 and up. Bonus: I love a touch of neon. Bonus 2: Don't miss the "moral" via the Vonnegut quote at the end. I love it.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    In many ways, this is a book for older students and adults. The simple text and illustrations can be read by younger students but they may miss some of the deeper message. Not surprising as Jeffers often has messages for all levels in his work. Fausto believes he can own everything around him. He starts by claiming a flower and works up to owning the sea. As the areas he claims get larger, the tantrums to claim them get larger also. Readers see a man obsessed with possessions and owning the enti In many ways, this is a book for older students and adults. The simple text and illustrations can be read by younger students but they may miss some of the deeper message. Not surprising as Jeffers often has messages for all levels in his work. Fausto believes he can own everything around him. He starts by claiming a flower and works up to owning the sea. As the areas he claims get larger, the tantrums to claim them get larger also. Readers see a man obsessed with possessions and owning the entire earth. Plenty of discussion points for families and classes.
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  • Dipali
    January 1, 1970
    ** A copy of The Fate of Fausto was provided by the publisher and Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review **As usual, Oliver Jeffers delivers a story that is beautiful - in its words, illustrations and lessons. Jeffers continues to be one of my favourite author/illustrator of children's books. The Fate of Fausto is a poignant tale adults and children will appreciate and learn from.
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  • Corinne
    January 1, 1970
    Like a lot of Jeffers work, I feel like this stirred something up somewhere in my memory. However, I'm not exactly sure what I was supposed to learn from this one except that you can own everything in this world, except for those things which are too big and too old, and they will instead kill you. Still, I liked it.
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  • Fern Kopkan
    January 1, 1970
    The Fate of Fausto tells a story of a man who thinks he owns everything and keeps wanting more and more. The plot may sound typical, but the ending rings so true and thoughtfully touches on “man vs nature” theme. The lithography techniques that Oliver Jeffers oped for this book resulted in interesting pictures. Partly vintage, imperfect but charming.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    The character of Fausto, who is a jerk, drowns at the end of the story and nobody cares. I understand the message this book is trying to get across, but I don't think it is told in an appropriate manner for the stated recommended age group of 4-8 year olds. It's a story older kids can appreciate, but I would not read it to a preschooler.
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  • CR
    January 1, 1970
    This was an interesting children's title with a lot of colors. It was a fast read that kids should enjoy! The combination of different kinds of art make this title come alive. It teaches kids about their moral compass which is great!
  • Marigold
    January 1, 1970
    Really thought-provoking book, with a lesson that can be interpreted in a number of ways. I choose to interpret it as an introduction to man's folly, in relation to our treatment of Mother Earth. This philosophic title is worthy of a readership of all ages.
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  • bet mercer
    January 1, 1970
    Clever, humourous, simple, and wise--this fable, fabulously illustrated, brings to life an important truth for children and adults alike. Also includes a brief story Kurt Vonnegut recounted about he and Joseph Heller that adds an apt underline to the fable.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    Loved the art and pacing.
  • Shauna Yusko
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting discussion starter
  • Wilde Sky
    January 1, 1970
    A man tries to own 'everything'.A good warning against greed.Reading time around twenty minutes.
  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    I personally believe you can't go wrong with Oliver Jeffers. This book is a cautionary tale against greed and always wanting more, with fantastic OJ illustrations.
  • Ruby
    January 1, 1970
    Too heavy and complex a subject for some but beautiful.
  • Yildiray Lise
    January 1, 1970
    It is a modern fable on mankind and desire to own everything. After completing the book I had a smile on my face. ;)Mr. Fausto looks like a character from the Little Prince.
  • Annese
    January 1, 1970
    "The Giving Tree gets revenge!" - direct quote from Maeve
  • Kristina Jean Lareau
    January 1, 1970
    An excellent fable with Jeffers' characteristic lithograph illustrations in a limited color palette.
  • Mary Lee
    January 1, 1970
    A fable for our times, full of greed and ignorance...
  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Powerful message, lovely illustrations
  • Sierra
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting.
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