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The Fox in the Library Paperback – February 1, 2015
."..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."--Annie Miller"Booklist" (11/01/2013)
"."..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.""--Annie Miller "Booklist "
About the Author
Lorenz Pauli is a children’s book author. His work has appeared on radio plays and in theater projects. In 2003 he received honorable mention for the Austraian State Prize for Poetry for Children. He is married and has two children. Kathrin Schärer w
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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. Perhaps, considering Fox's newfound love for books, this can be seen as an abstract rendition of 'He's got the whole world in his hands.' A nice touch which may go unnoticed: they are reading *this* book.
Despite concerns with both the text and art, this book's message is clear: reading makes you smart, and the smart will survive. The book therefore remains true to the spirit of countless folk tales which preceded it. This reviewer has other murine favorites, including Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse and Mouse Mess, both, ironically, full of collages. If what you want is a mouse matching wits against a fox (and more), look no further than The Gruffalo.
3 ¼ stars
[The reviewer was provided with a complimentary copy of the book.]
The fox gets help in the library though by some very special friends and he learns the value of friendship over trickery.
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