Fox and Hen Together

RedReviewStarPreS-Gr 1—This sequel to The Chicken Thief (Enchanted Lion, 2010) finds Fox and Hen happily living together. Their household now includes an egg and a feisty little crab. The story begins when Hen, joined by Crab, leaves her egg in Fox's care and sets out with a fishing pole to catch some dinner. Her plans are foiled when the fish at the end of her line is carried off by an enormous eagle, and from there on, it's a goofily harrowing but ultimately satisfying ride for most of the characters in this wordless story. Rodriguez skillfully uses the format of wide, short pages to create dynamic scenes with a cinematic sense of movement. Her line work is wonderful, somehow seeming sketchy and refined at the same time, and the expressions on the animals' faces add subtle touches of humor. Kids will love this funny and exciting story.—Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
In this follow-up to the likewise wordless The Chicken Thief, Hen sets out to look for food, entrusting Fox with her egg. The story is equally satisfying as adventure and comedy (the sea monster with whom she tussles ultimately becomes Hen and Fox's dinner). Rodriguez injects every inch of this squat, wide book with action, feeling, and judiciously chosen color.

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