From Sweden, a deliciously tongue-in-cheek stow with illustrations ebulliently full of witty detail. When neighboring farmer Hiram comes by with a gun, warning of a fox after the chickens, Festus and his fey cat Mercury devise an elaborate scheme (pepper, fireworks and a ghost) to frighten the fox in preference to shooting him. When the fox finally arrives, he's so thin that Festus relents; but Mercury sets off the whole Rube Goldberg--surprising Hiram, still tracking the poor fox, who at last makes off with some easily replaced chocolate pudding. The lively illustrations are full of small jokes and small creatures as bemused spectators, all set against a bucolic landscape. There's a gentle message here, of course, but best of all it's just fun.