Books by Diane Fox

CAT AND DOG'S ALPHABET by Diane Fox
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2020

"A clever, humorous approach to the world of letters, words, and literacy. (Picture book. 4-6)"
When Dog spots the letters of the alphabet floating overhead and is not sure what they might be, Cat interrupts a bath to explain what the letters are for and how they are used. Read full book review >
A DOG CALLED BEAR by Diane Fox
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2018

"If this is your first friendship book, it will do; if it is your second, pass. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Young Lucy wants a dog but winds up with a bear—but she is under the impression it is a dog. Read full book review >
THE CAT, THE DOG, LITTLE RED, THE EXPLODING EGGS, THE WOLF, AND GRANDMA by Diane Fox
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Too smart for its own good. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A metafictive examination of "Little Red Riding Hood." Read full book review >
TYSON THE TERRIBLE by Diane Fox
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2006

All the other dinosaurs fear the arrival of the tyrannosaurus. Three colorful dinosaurs, Stegg and Serra and Plod, are playing soccer when they hear the faraway "BOOM BOOM BOOM" that signals possible trouble. Purple Stegg says it's Tyson the Terrible, who has horrible horns and evil eyes and gigantic jaws (all documented in the latest issue of Dinosaur Weekly). He spies the green creature in the distance through his "bin-rock-ulars." When the dreaded dinosaur arrives, he's a tiny beast, wailing and crying because nobody wants to play with him. The others approach and question him and, much relieved, ask him to join their soccer game. The tiny tyrannosaurus accepts, and asks if his brother can play too. The last page reveals a big pop-up surprise that young listeners just might anticipate. Brightly painted illustrations, in a spectrum of colors, add appeal. A bouncy little tale with a winning finale. (Picture book. 2-6)Read full book review >
BATHTIME PIGGYWIGGY by Christyan Fox
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

Operating on the principle that it's never too soon to form career plans, this primer introduces a porcine post-toddler for whom bath time offers a chance to dream about water-related occupations, from deep-sea diver and submarine captain to long-distance swimmer, or maybe champion surfer. Printed on large, heavy cardstock, half of each spread unfolds into a different shape, sometimes in stages that artfully add to the drama—"Or perhaps I could be a lifeboat pilot . . . [unfold] speeding through crocodile-infested waters . . . [unfold] to rescue all my friends." The last, cleverly folded in fourths, begins in a sailboat and opens to a view of the world around which PiggyWiggy and his friends would travel. The oversized text, simple, crayon-drawn forms, and saturated colors give this plenty of visual appeal, and even children able to navigate the relatively challenging vocabulary will enjoy diving into PiggyWiggy's mini-adventures. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
FIRE FIGHTER PIGGYWIGGY by Christyan Fox
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

Colors of bottomless saturation will have readers of this elementary fantasy from the Foxes rocking back on their heels. PiggyWiggy is a cute little pig (and a British import) who dreams of what he would do if he were a fearless fire fighter. He would, of course, don a big yellow hat and slide down a pole on his way to rescuing someone—in this case, PiggyWiggy's teddy—from a very high place (like the Leaning Tower of Pisa). Or he might "save someone stuck down a deep dark hole" (teddy again) or cool down a bunch of kids on a hot day or, certainly, douse a blazing fire. Then again, considers PiggyWiggy, should he actually need a fire fighter, he's glad to know "a real life fearless fire fighter" will race to his rescue, which here appears to be the need to have his pool filled. Oversized pages of heavy stock and type that can't be missed clearly aim this at a very young audience, who might want to emulate PiggyWiggy's fun. The playful action is captivating, as are the minor heroics, but it is the artwork's chromatic fireworks that do all the heavy lifting, and they are simply dazzling. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >