Friday, July 2, 2010

Outfoxing the fox by Friederike Rave

A hungry little fox decides he's clever enough to quit school and start catching about a chicken fricasee? But, too bad, the chickens all have colds! He will have to wait until they're better...will the fox ever get his chicken? Or will the hunter get him?

The plot of this story is somewhat disjointed, but apparently it's based on a Swiss fable, so there may be some cultural things I'm missing. But it's still a rather funny little tale. What I really loved about it was the gorgeously swashy greens and blues in the illustrations. The chickens are delightfully plump and innocent and the fox is gorgeously swirly and naive. The running gag of the chicken with whitewash adds a humorous note.

Verdict: Gorgeous illustrations but a rather confusing story.

ISBN: 978-0735822955; Published May 2010 by NorthSouth; Borrowed from the library; Added to my personal wishlist

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