Argyle Fox just wants to play outside. As he heads out the door, he grabs his cards. Unfortunately it is quite the blustery day, and Argyle’s card house and even the tiny birds are blown away. Not deterred, Argyle returns home and gathers up more toys. Armed with a fake spider, he makes a giant web even though the squirrels warn Argyle that it is too windy. As predicted, Argyle’s web topples over into a giant mess. Over and over again, the wind foils Argyle’s fun plans, but he persists, ignoring either arrogantly or optimistically the advice of the other woodland creatures. Eventually heading home in complete frustration, Argyle’s mom gently tells him to think a little harder. Inspired and not yet defeated, Argyle builds a kite that perfectly compliments this windy day. In what can only be an act of contrition, he also builds all of his little forest friends kites too.
Argyle Fox is a sweet read that is playfully illustrated. The word “Woosh” swirls in the gusty and destructive wind. Small details such as the castle made from a recycled box with “this end up” written on it and the little tree house bed with gold string lights make the story relatable and cozy, even on this gusty day. The soft, gentle colors and row of argyle scarfs lined up on the wall complete this feel good story. Perfect for preschool to second grade, Argyle Fox exemplifies perseverance and imagination. In a world that is becoming more and more digitized, I appreciate that Argyle spends his day outside with staple toys while his mom knits an argyle scarf. I love that Argyle wears argyle patterns—but I would expect nothing less.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Tanglewood Publishing for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Argyle Fox by Marie Letourneau (Tanglewood Publishing, 2017)
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