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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 440L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: NorthSouth (August 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735841500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735841505
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.3 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #926,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When Fox chases Mouse into the library to fill his belly, he doesn’t expect to instead fill his noggin with new knowledge—or to befriend a chicken! Among the stacks, a cast of clever animals use distraction tactics to avoid becoming Fox’s dinner. They deliver library facts, share magic tricks, and spout knowledge: “Chicken bones are bad for foxes.” In the end, Fox may not have found his ideal snack, but he does discover a curiosity for books. The text feels purposeful at times, but the sly humor is reminiscent of Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back (2011), while the full-spread illustrations are filled with motion and will keep young listeners anticipating each page turn. An entertaining introduction to library etiquette for young children, this title will partner well with Tad Hills’ How Rocket Learned to Read (2010), which also celebrates the excitement of learning. Preschool-Grade 2. --Annie Miller

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""From the appealing cover to the exaggerated ending, it’s the delightful, colored-pencil illustrations that will attract readers.""- Kirkus Reviews
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""...the sly humor is reminiscent of Jon Klassen's I Want My Hat Back (2011), while the full-spread illustrations are filled with motion and will keep young listeners anticipating each page turn.""
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason Kirkfield VINE VOICE on September 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
First published in Switzerland (in German), The Fox in the Library is a translated release from the publisher's U.S.-based arm, NorthSouth Books. Part-time Swiss kindergarten teacher Lorenz Pauli and illustrator Kathrin Schärer have worked together more recently (Das Beste überhaupt), though you may need a Swiss German dictionary unless and until it, too, is released here by NorthSouth.

Building on the long European tradition of anthropomorphic folk tales, this story features a mouse and a fox. Mouse effectively functions as librarian, though whether she knowingly escapes into the library based on prior experience or simply thinks quickly in order to live another day is unclear. Mouse's actions are borne out of self-preservation but she also solves Fox's literacy problem. The text suffers a little for the translation, though the book's abrupt end can hardly be blamed on that. The mouse-as-magician also seems misplaced; perhaps an odd homage to The Sorcerer's Apprentice?

Schärer works in collages with a unique cut-and-paste technique; sometimes it is appealing and sometimes not. When it works, the charcoal backdrops are reminisient of, though still less satisfying than, the photograph backgrounds Mo Willems uses in Knuffle Bunny. At other times, the animals here look like Photoshop cutouts crudely mounted on black or white cardstock. The final two-page spread, showing the animal cast perched on a globe of the Swiss Alps under a starry sky, is unusual.
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By A Carman on November 5, 2014
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Giving this to many of my book loving friends, child and grownup. Great illustrations.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amber Polo on October 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The Fox in the Library was originally published in German in cooperation with the Swiss Association of the general public libraries(SAB). This translation seemed to transition the book well for U.S. readers. The striking illustrations are a plus and the story opens up some interesting options for talking about libraries and cooperation.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann Wade on June 2, 2014
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I read the book to kindergarten children who got the drift of the story and who liked the fox with the chickens I also gave a copy of the book to the school Library and the Librarian gave it a thumbs up. Ann
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