From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-A retelling of a classic trickster tale. Each time Foxy approaches a new victim while looking for a tasty meal, he fills his sack with an even-juicier treat until he's outfoxed by a woman who swaps a captive boy for a big dog that chases the fox away-for good. The story is written in typical folklore style with a pattern, rhythmic text, and repetitive phrases, e.g., "and he travelled and he travelled and he travelled." The writing is crisp and refreshing. The colorful and uncluttered art, collages, hand-painted with watercolor ink and graphite pencil, are typical of Souhami's earlier folktale retellings. While the illustrations convey movement as the creatures escaping Foxy's sack leap through the air, they are otherwise somewhat static. The varied font sizes give emphasis to dramatic moments in the story, and the overall design of the book is effective. In her author's note, Souhami describes variants of the tale from other cultures. This book is an additional purchase that has child appeal, both as a read-aloud and a satisfying story for independent readers.-Maralita L. Freeny, District of Columbia Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Bright colors in tropical hues, a multicultural cast of characters, and the movement of each spread into the next give this reinterpreted folktale a smart, modern look and feel. Foxy the fox obviously thinks he is living up to his name as he tricks a series of susceptible people into handing over bigger and bigger prizes to satisfy his hunger. When no one seems able to resist his facetious warning of Don’t look in the sack! they accidentally unleash the animal he has caught in there and are forced to hand over an ever bigger animal in repayment. Until, of course, the handsome red creature meets his match: a motherly cook who gives him his comeuppance. The final creature, a dog, bursts from the sack and chases the shyster away. Young readers will delight in this tale, which Souhami has wisely kept simple and light with repetitive elements that are easily anticipated. This stand-out addition for the folktale section features a closing author’s note on the story’s history. Preschool-Grade 2. --Karen Cruze