Crazy Like a Fox: A Simile Story

Overview

Similes set off an exciting chase scene in an adventure in language arts.

Rufus the fox has an important job to do. He runs across the meadow as fast as lightning, sneaks up to the sheep Babette like a thief in the night, and roars like a lion. Babette, mad as a hornet, chases Rufus all over town. But is Rufus being chased or actually leading Babette to a very nice birthday surprise? Rufus really is crazy—crazy like a fox! Sure to make the ...

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Overview

Similes set off an exciting chase scene in an adventure in language arts.

Rufus the fox has an important job to do. He runs across the meadow as fast as lightning, sneaks up to the sheep Babette like a thief in the night, and roars like a lion. Babette, mad as a hornet, chases Rufus all over town. But is Rufus being chased or actually leading Babette to a very nice birthday surprise? Rufus really is crazy—crazy like a fox! Sure to make the reader as happy as a clam, this bright simile story also includes a clear explanation of similes and shows how to include similes in a story.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
The similes dance all over the pages of this colorfully illustrated book. While the text follows Rufus through his day with each episode corresponding to a simile, there are other appropriate similes here, there, and everywhere on the pages. On the first page we see Rufus stretched out comfortably on a bed of leaves. "In the quiet forest, Rufus is sleeping like . . . a log." On the second page, with very little change, Rufus resembles that log. Little critters appear on the pages saying things like, "He's out like a light." and "He snores like a chain saw!" When Rufus does awaken, he remembers he has something important to do and he manages to startle Babette into chasing after him. Babette is angry until they arrive at her birthday party and then she understands and says to Rufus, "To get me to the party, you acted crazy like . . . a fox!!!" And that makes sense because Rufus is a fox. An explanation of similes is given as the book opens and there are suggestions for kids to create new similes. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal

K-Gr 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

Kirkus Reviews
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. Rufus is a fox on a mission. He sneaks into Babette the sheep's yard like a thief in the night, roaring like a lion until she is shaking like a leaf. Then the chase is on: The two swim a river (cold as ice), climb into a cave (dark as night) and finally step into the light . . . of a surprise party for Babette. The brilliantly colored digital illustrations cleverly depict the similes-when Rufus is as fast as lightning, his head perches atop a thunderbolt, and when Babette is as angry as a hornet, her head adorns the body of the insect. Meanwhile, their friends-a sort of Greek chorus-comment on the action, incorporating more similes into the text. Includes a thorough definition of a simile and ideas for writing a similar simile story. As welcome as springtime to teachers, aspiring writers and any who appreciate wordplay. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823417193
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 646,697
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Loreen Leedy is an author, artist, and designer who has written and illustrated more than thirty innovative titles for children. Her nonfiction books are staples in classrooms across the country. She lives in Florida.

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