From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3–Another appealing offering featuring the spirited fox sisters. In the first chapter, Zelda and Ivy run away from home when cucumber sandwiches appear on the lunch menu. They take a blanket and their favorite toys to their backyard, where they can keep an eye on their parents, who don't seem to miss them at all. When they finally go back inside, they discover that their father has saved them the very sandwiches that they were trying to avoid. In the second episode, the siblings are making a time capsule to be opened in one hundred years. Zelda drops in her lucky jewel, while Ivy adds her cherished doll. It doesn't take long, however, for the sisters to realize that they can't part with their favorite possessions. The third chapter finds Ivy making a secret potion and Zelda struggling to write a haiku. Then their friend Eugene comes up with a clever way to use Ivy's concoction to ease Zelda's writing pains. Bright, expressive cartoon illustrations complement the fine writing in this beginning reader.–Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI
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K-Gr. 3. Adorable fox sisters Zelda and Ivy return in a beginning chapter book divided into three episodes. In the first story, Zelda rebels when she learns that Dad has made cucumber sandwiches for lunch, again
: "That's it. I'm running away." Ivy follows, and after packing their essentials (pj's, Princess Mimi doll, tea set), the sisters decamp to a secluded spot in the yard. In this and in the following stories, which focus on the sisters' time capsule and on an invented love potion, Kvasnosky weaves in brisk, pitch-perfect dialogue: "I wish we had cookies," says Ivy, hiding in the yard. "Be tough," Zelda responds. Children will recognize the details and the sibling dynamics, which are nicely enhanced in the gouache pictures' saturated colors and uncluttered scenes. Whether reading alone or aloud, kids will look forward to more from the fox sisters, who find excitement and adventure in the cozy indoors as well as in familiar backyards. Gillian EngbergCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved