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Four Famished Foxes and Fosdyke

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One Fine Fox

Four famished foxes make fun of their brother Fosdyke, who feels fondly for fried figs, fennel, and French bread. Leaving him behind to fry and flambé, they go foraging for fowl in a forbidden farmyard. Unfortunately, the foxes find the fowl forwarned. Foiled, they return to their den. Will they ever filch a fabulous farmyard feast? Or will they forgo fowl and finally admit that "a fox is a fox whatever the food"?

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Overview

One Fine Fox

Four famished foxes make fun of their brother Fosdyke, who feels fondly for fried figs, fennel, and French bread. Leaving him behind to fry and flambé, they go foraging for fowl in a forbidden farmyard. Unfortunately, the foxes find the fowl forwarned. Foiled, they return to their den. Will they ever filch a fabulous farmyard feast? Or will they forgo fowl and finally admit that "a fox is a fox whatever the food"?

An alliterative tale about four fox kits who go hunting for meat, while their gourmet brother fixes a vegetarian feast.

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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
The alliterative zest of this text is catching. .
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
A fabulous flock of "f" words, none of which are flammable, create a frenzied, frantic tale. The foxes efforts at foraging farmyard fowl result in failure. The fifth fox, Fosdyke, is a French chef who fixes their frowns and fainting spells by offering first aid in the form of fabulous food. Tip: It's foolish to forage during a full moon wait for fog! 1997 orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3A family of fox kits, left to fend for themselves when their mother sets off on a trip to Florida, plot to ``...filch fowl from the farmyard.'' Between 4:15 and 5:15 a.m., they make three unsuccessful forays, winding up on the short end of the stick whether dealing with feathered fowl, a ferocious foxhound, or a furious farmer. Fortunately, their Francophile brother, Fosdyke, has stayed at home and prepared a delicious meal of flan, french fries, and figs. The foxes, whose expressive faces fade from bright-eyed mischievousness to frazzled chagrin, are engaging characters, and the nighttime scenes of the farm are effectively noir, but the device of using so many ``F'' words wears thin well before the story does. The sound gag will also make reading the book aloud a formidable tongue-twisting task. Young browsers may enjoy looking for the 60-plus items beginning with the letter ``F.'' Or, they may just become frustrated.Anna DeWind, Milwaukee Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064434805
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 723,717
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD570L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Duncan Edwards is the author of numerous popular picture books, including Livingstone Mouse; Roar! A Noisy Counting Book; Some Smug Slug; The Worrywarts; Clara Caterpillar; Wake-Up Kisses; Rosie's Roses; The Leprechaun's Gold; and Gigi and Lulu's Gigantic Fight, all illustrated by Henry Cole; as well as Dear Tooth Fairy, illustrated by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick; McGillycuddy Could!, illustrated by Sue Porter; and The Neat Line, illustrated by Diana Cain Bluthenthal. She lives in Virginia.

Henry Cole is the celebrated illustrator of many books for children, including the Bad Boys series by Margie Palatini, and is also the author and illustrator of the novel A Nest for Celeste.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2009

    just o.k.

    The use of alliteration is clever once again in this book, however the content/storyline/characters are not as good as some of Edwards' other books like Clara Caterpillar.

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