The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner is an incredibly endearing and moralistic children’s read:
The fox is terrible at being an intimidating and terrifying carnivore. This lack of scare-factor is unfortunate because his appetite is insatiable. His frequent trips to the farm annoy the mother hen and prove the guard dog’s nonchalant laziness. The wolf suggests that fox stealthy steal eggs and hatch them into plump and tasty meals. A seemingly brilliant idea, the chicks hatch and assume fox is their momma.
Reminiscent of Mother Bruce, fox raises the chicks. He engages them in fantastical play such turnip tea parties and role-playing about the big bad fox. Predictably when dinnertime arrives, fox realizes that he loves his little chicks. Since wolf has his own plans for chicken dinner, fox must seek sanctuary at the farm.
Comical and sweet, The Big Bad Fox is a juvenile graphic novel for second to fifth graders. Renner reinvigorates a classic tale and relies on muted watercolors, white backgrounds, and shaded illustrations that are as simple and funny as this tale. Perfect for reluctant readers, school-aged children can welcome wolf into their imaginations and families.
I would like to thank NetGalley and First Second Books for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner (First Second Books, 2017)
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