Books: Tops for Tots

Publishers and children, like the rest of the world, are always in search of the perfect ending. For them, these blends of text and illustration, all published during 1980, seem destined to live happily ever after:

∙The Unique World of Mitsumasa Anno: Selected Works (1968 to 1977); Philomel Books; $19.95. Visual puns, puzzles, games and tricks by the Escher of Japan.

∙Fables by Arnold Lobel; Harper & Row; $8.95. A superstar of the genre continues the work of the fabulous Aesop.

∙Gorky Rises by William Steig; Farrar, Straus and Giroux; $10.95. As a frog...

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