FOX & RABBIT by Beth Ferry

FOX & RABBIT

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Age Range: 6 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Five laugh-out-loud stories celebrate an unlikely animal friendship.

Carefree Fox and worry-prone Rabbit show that opposites not only attract, but make for great comedy. In their first story together, the pair goes to the fair—which Fox loves because it starts with “F, just like Fox.” While Rabbit gets a little miffed that all of the “un-fair” games are “broken,” Fox keeps winning and winning. In a later story, the pair plant a garden using seeds they found on an adventure. The next day, their greens turn up gobbled (i.e., the vegetables were a little hard for Rabbit to resist). No matter the boon that graces them or mishap that befalls them, their friendship prevails. Picture-book author Ferry’s first foray into comics is an infectiously chipper series opener. Though the panels never exceed nine per page, some complex layouts require familiarity with the medium. Dialogue appears both inside and outside of speech bubbles, mostly in short sentences voiced by separate speakers. Hungarian illustrator Dudás’ full-color graphite and ink illustrations add a pitch-perfect warm and joyful spirit. A few full-page panels capture some truly magical and heartfelt moments, but humor is the tone du jour in these banter-filled stories. The punchline—a late-arriving turtle always asks the pair (or is it trio?) “What’d I miss?”—is the icing on the cake.

Excellent fun from panel to panel. (Graphic early reader. 6-9)

Pub Date: April 21st, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-4197-4077-0
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Amulet/Abrams
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2020




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