FOX by Margaret Wild

FOX

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Age Range: 9 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

Ambiguities and rawly expressionistic art turn this tale of friendship and temptation from the creators of Rosie and the Tortoise (1999) into a strongly atmospheric psycho-fable. Though permanently grounded by a burnt wing, Magpie discovers that riding atop her friend, one-eyed Dog, as he runs through the bush feels—almost—the same: “ ‘FLY, DOG, FLY! I will be your missing eye, and you will be my wings.’ ” When a fox comes into the picture, offering Magpie more speed, desire overcomes loyalty—but after an exhilarating ride the fox leaves her far out in the desert, saying, “ ‘Now you and Dog will know what it is like to be truly alone.’ ” Brooks hand-lettered the text in large, irregular lines that sometimes change direction, and creates semi-abstract, strongly colored scenes of scored, combed, thickly applied paint. It’s visually striking, but closing with Magpie just beginning to “jiggety-hop” her way back to Dog after hearing an ominous, distant scream, it’s really more of an open-ended discussion starter than a conventionally constructed story. (Australian Children’s Book Council’s Picture Book of the Year) (Picture book. 9-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2001
ISBN: 1-929132-16-6
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Kane/Miller
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2001




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