As you can maybe imagine, we have a bit of a soft spot for foxes here on The Bear & The Fox. So we were delighted when Thames & Hudson sent us one of their latest picture book releases for review. It’s all about a very special fox, and became an instant favourite. The book prompted us to do a follow up to our previous selection of ‘Foxy Books for Foxy Kids’, so here are a few more of our foxy favourites:
- The Fox on the Swing, by Evelina Daciūtė (author) & Aušra Kiudulaitė (illustrator) – This book is about a boy who makes friends with a fox, and suddenly his life begins to take on meaning. But things change when the boy moves away. I don’t really want to give too much away, but suffice to say, it’s a book about friendship, about dreams, about loss, and about the importance of seeking happiness in the little things of life. The illustrations are both beautiful and quirky, with lots of little details to look out for. It’s quite a long picture book, but both boys were completely enthralled with it from start to finish. Many thanks to Thames & Hudson for sending us a free review copy.
- Harquin, by John Burningham – We have the German edition, in English it’s called ‘Harquin’ or ‘Harquin: the fox who went down to the valley’. It features a family of foxes, who lives in peace on a hillside. Daddy fox always warns the little foxes not to venture down to the valley, or the huntsmen will catch them, just like their uncle. But Harquin ignores his father’s warning and the inevitable happens. Will Harquin be able to escape the fox hunt, or will life on the hill as they know it be over for the foxes? A cautionary foxy tale, about the wisdom of listening to your parents!
- The Noisy Foxes, by Amy Husband – This book features a family of noisy foxes, who live in a very noisy house in a very noisy city. One day, they decide to move to the countryside in search of some quiet, but nowhere seems to be quite right. Until mouse finds the perfect place for them – can you guess where it is? This is a classic tale, about how the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, and I love the collage style of the illustrations.
- The Fox and the Wild, by Clive McFarland- This is another story, about a fox wanting to move away from the city. Fred the fox was born in the city, but he finds life there too smoky, too noisy and too fast. One day he meets a bird, who tells him she’s from “the wild”. So Fred sets off on a mission to find the wild, but keeps running in to dead ends. Will he ever find what he is looking for? This is a lovely wee story about perseverance, and once again, I love the illustrations.
- The Fox and the Star, by Coralie Bickford-Smith – Last but not least, this book is about a timid little fox, who lives in a deep, dense forest, with a star who lights his way at night as his only friend. Until one night, everything changes. It’s dark when Fox wakes up, and he has to face the forest alone. He goes in search of his star, all the way to the edge of the forest. He doesn’t find his friend, but he finds something more beautiful instead. This is a visually stunning fable, with a subtle message about overcoming grief. My 3 year old wasn’t so fussed about this one, but my 7 year old who loves his art was really taken with how beautiful this book is.
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Do you have any other favourite books about Foxes? Please feel free to share your recommendations in the comments below!
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