Little Fox in the ForestLittle Fox in the Forest by Stephanie Graegin
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oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for best picture book! what will happen?

AAAAAHHHH this book is too damn adorable! many thanks to erica for bringing it to my attention.

this little girl is about to learn a lesson about what happens when you take your eyes off your treasured possessions when there’s a fox lurking nearby:

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but can you blame him?? it looks just like him, a ready-made friend! and he already has so many adventures planned for the two of them!

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plus, you cannot say ‘no’ to this sad little foxen face.

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although this girl certainly tries. she and her friend go in pursuit of the fox in a beautifully-illustrated, wordless chase through the forest, where the blah-colored human world slowly gets infiltrated by colorful accents as members of the animal-world peek out at the children,

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(apparently “snitches get stitches” is not a maxim of the animal kingdom)

until we reach the full-color glory of where all the wild things are:

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eventually, the children find the fox-bandit and his ill-gotten toy. but again – no heart can stand seeing such cute made so sad.

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i’m certainly not thoughtless enough to ROON the ending of a children’s picture book, but greg had some discomfort with the ending (cuz i made him read this, too) that must be addressed, so come with me to spoilertown:

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i just realized i still have to review the read-long-ago and similarly-titled In Fox’s Forest. oops. will i ever get caught up on anything?

i need a unicorn.

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