From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1–The book opens with a group of animals waking up to a beautiful morning in their small house in the woods. But is that a fox lurking in the bushes? And does he have his eyes on a pretty white chicken? It is, and he does. The chase scenes that follow show a bear, rabbit, and rooster in tireless pursuit of the speedy fox with the chicken held tight in his arms. They go from the forest through the mountains until finally they reach the sea. The story closes with a surprise that kids will love. The pages are wide but not at all high, and the spreads have no white space. This layout is a great showcase for the wonderful paintings, which are full of movement, drama, and a quietly goofy form of comedy. The colors and sense of light are lovely, especially when the clear green of the forest sets off the orange fox and his little captive. A delightful wordless story.Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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Touched with wit and whimsy, this wordless picture book offers an entertaining take on the familiar fox-and-chicken story. After a fox snatches a chicken, the bird's horrified friends—a bear, rabbit, and rooster—immediately set off in pursuit. Their rescue effort takes them through a forest, up a mountain, over a sea, and from day through night. When the exhausted trio finally arrives at the fox's burrow, though, an unexpected, surprisingly sweet scenario awaits. Delightful ink-and-wash artwork follows the winsome animals from countryesque cottages to deep-hued night forests to bright, sunny shores. Rodriguez shifts the mood from the comic, when fox and chicken enjoy a candlelit game of chess in an inner-mountain cave, to the affectionate, and the small details invite close viewing. Taken together, the scenes in this enjoyable tale send appealing messages about the pitfalls of assumptions and the pleasure of unexpected friendship. Preschool-Grade 2. --Shelle Rosenfeld
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