Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Foxy! by Jessica Souhami (Children's, Picture book)

3rd May 2012, Janetta-Otter Barry Books
32 pages, Hardback
Review copy

Themes: crafty fox, evil plan, curiosity, greed, disobedience, lots of stolen animals, kidnapping, textured looking illustrations, humour, lots of mild peril

Summary from Frances Lincoln
Foxy has a very large sack with just one bee in it. But on his travels he meets a woman with a nice fat rooster. . . "Whatever you do, don't look in the sack!" says Foxy. But the woman does, of course, and when the bee escapes Foxy takes the rooster in exchange! He repeats the trick to acquire a lovely fat pig, and finally. . . a little boy! But the last woman Foxy meets is as clever as he is. She sets the little boy free and substitutes a large fierce dog in the sack - who chases bad Foxy away, never to be seen again.
Nayuleska's thoughts
The short, snappy title is a clear indication of how clever the fox thinks he is. He never has enough to please his appetite. Having so many people give in to their curiosity reminded me of all the money scams people get sucked into without realising it. None but the woman knew not to distrust the fox, who gets exactly what he deserves in this 10/10 read.

Suggested read
Another creature who took things without asking thinks twice when faced with an axe wielding grandmother in The Fearsome Beastie by Giles Paley-Phillips

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