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Crazy Like a Fox: A Simile Story Paperback – September 15, 2009
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Kindergarten-Grade 2—Rufus, a spunky fox in suspenders, rudely startles his friend Babette, a lamb, by roaring "like…a lion." She gets "mad…as a hornet" and chases him, and he eventually leads her to her surprise birthday party. Leedy relates this narrative entirely through similes. Her illustrations emphasize the comparisons as each protagonist is amusingly transformed from one object into another. Children may participate by guessing the upcoming change at each page turn. Apart from the main narrative, animal spectators offer up alternative descriptions of events as they unfold. Leedy includes an explanation of this figure of speech and an invitation for readers to create their own similes. Her vivid illustrations, filled with movement and wide-eyed creatures, will entertain readers. A pleasing addition to any collection.—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
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Her illustrations emphasize the comparisons as each protagonist is amusingly transformed from one object into another...A pleasing addition to any collection. --School Library Journal
Not everyone can take the most well-known and cliched similes in the English language and turn them into a story that will hold the interest of young readers, but Leedy has done just that. --Kirkus Reviews
The similes dance all over the pages of this colorfully illustrated book... An explanation of similes is given as the book opens and there are suggestions for kids to create new similes. --Children's Literature
*"The brilliantly colored digital illustrations cleverly depict the similes....As welcome as springtime to teachers, aspiring writers and any who appreciate wordplay."
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Top Customer Reviews
Cleverly written, this story follows the tale of two critters with many encounters and a surprise ending.
My son gives it his Third Grader's Seal of Approval as he says he learned many expressions while laughing all the way. Excellent for story time as well as independent reading, with great artistic pictures, this is a gift-worthy book.
It is hard to follow the main story line, especially for children who are big enough to read for themselves, but too little to sort out the order of the main story.
We prefer the book "My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks" by Hanoch Piven.