Synopses & Reviews
"Lowry (The Pea Blossom) combines four fables into one seamless story about a pesky fox and his animal acquaintances. Mr. Fox starts the day with an empty fridge and a hankering for grapes. Try as he might, he cannot reach a dangling cluster, so he proclaims the grapes sour and cons a crow out of her cheese instead. After this victory, 'the fox was so busy congratulating himself' that he falls into a well. To escape, he tricks a thirsty goat into serving as his stepladder, chuckling at its misfortune. Fed up with Mr. Fox's unkindness, the goat and crow 'seek revenge' and meet a stork who has her own beef with the trickster. Lowry draws homespun gouache-and-pencil pictures on expansive white backgrounds. Her graceful illustrations introduce the humanlike animal characters without overpowering the foundational fables, and amiable details like a portrait at the stork's house of her with an infant supply mild humor. An unassuming author's note provides concise morals to the stories and pictures the stork, crow, and goat sharing a grin about Mr. Fox. Everyone emerges unscathed but wiser in this easygoing retelling. Ages 4 8. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.