Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Fox and the jumping contest by Corey R. Tabor

I liked Tabor's illustrations in previous books and I like this debut picture book even more.

It's the day of the big jumping contest and Fox is getting ready. Naturally, being a fox, he has a scheme! One by one, the animals make their best jump. Finally, it is Fox's turn. Will he win the coveted trophy? Or will his cheating get him in trouble?

The best part of this book is the illustrations. I love the bright, cheerful colors and lines, the humor shown in the animals' expressions and activities, and the general color scheme. The blacked out scene after Fox blasts off, Fox's face when he realizes he forgot his parachute, all are just perfect.

The plot is a little thin in places, but the humor and illustrations outweigh any drawbacks. There's even a mix of genders in the pronouns used for the animals. This is bound to be a favorite for kids and adults alike.

Verdict: I always like a good book just for fun. Recommended.

ISBN: 9780062398741; Published 2016 by HarperCollins; Borrowed from another library in my consortium

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