About Never Satisfied: The Story of The Stonecutter
A hilarious story about thinking the grass is greener somewhere else
Have you ever wished you were someone else? Stanley the stonecutter has, because cutting stones is hard work for a frog! So Stanley wishes he could have it easy like the tea-drinking businessman . . . and, boom, he’s transformed. Then he decides he’d be better off as the majestic king. But even that isn’t good enough when he sees the radiant sun. Why, if he were the sun, everyone would look up to him, right? Hmm, will Stanley ever be satisfied? Dave Horowitz’s fantastic collage illustrations bring this classic folktale to hilarious life as Stanley’s endless comparisons bring him full circle. Maybe being yourself is not half bad after all!
Dave Horowitz has written and illustrated over a dozen popular books for children, including The Ugly Pumpkin, Humpty Dumpty Climbs Again, Twenty-Six Princesses (and its counterpart, Twenty-Six Pirates), as well as Honeyky Hanukah and the 2008 Sydney Taylor Notable Book Five Little Gefiltes. Dave lives in New York’s… More about Dave Horowitz
“Careful-what-you-ask-for story based on a Chinese folktale. . . . Horowitz’s (Humpty Dumpty Climbs Again) cut-paper art has a broad, sculptural quality . . . the pictures have a visual immediacy and narrative velocity. The pages breeze by until Stanley’s final transformation, which conveys a zenlike message about finding peace in one’s lot in life.”—Publishers Weekly