Fox and Fluff

Fox and Fluff

by Shutta Crum, John Bendall-Brunello

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Editorial Reviews

Lauren Peterson
Children will enjoy this tale of an unlikely friendship between a fox with a conscience and a spunky chick..
Metro Parent
...the unique story of a very persistent chick who believes Fox is his Papa, and how Fox takes on the role of father and changes for the better.
Oppenheim Toyportfolio
Winner: Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award, 2003. When Fluff hatches wo is the first one the little chick sees? none other than Fox, whom he calls Papa and follows faithfully. Tough Fox does his best ot get rid of the chick, his hard hear melts! It's enough to turn the poor fellowinot a vegetarian! A happy romp! 4-8.
Ottawa Daily Times
A warm witty book about making your own family
Children's Literature
Everyone knows that you never trust the fox in a story. He is the one who tricks the innocent animals and terrorizes the small creatures. The fox in this story is very typical�he is perennially hungry and on the hunt for a snack. When an egg falls off of a cart right in his path, then immediately hatches to produce a tiny chick, the fox is delighted with his good luck. He is stopped from devouring the chick when he hears a tiny voice call out, "Papa!" Despite his attempts to avoid emotional tugs, the fox decides he cannot bring himself to eat the chick. As he walks away, his new friend won't stop tagging along, still calling "Papa" all the while. The fox goes throughout his day trying to find a new snack, but each near-success falls apart at the last minute on account of the chick. Eventually, the fox takes the chick to a hen house to be raised properly among his own kind. However, the chick behaves like a fox until his Papa returns to retrieve him. In a surprise ending, the Fox opens a forest school with the chick as his lead teacher. This silly story will delight youngsters as they try to predict what will happen to the chick. Watercolor illustrations are engaging and bright. 2002, Albert Whitman & Company,
— Carol Lynch
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Fox is a normal, meat-eating predator until a chick hatches in front of him and calls him Papa. He tries to explain that he is not the youngster's papa, that he eats chicks. He starts to pop it into his mouth when he decides, "OK, Fluff, or whatever your name is-. Today's your lucky day. I'm just gonna walk away and forget we ever met, see? Have a great life, kiddo!" However, Fluff follows him wherever he goes, much to the amusement of the other animals and the ruination of his reputation. In desperation, Fox takes the little orphan to the local henhouse so he can learn how to be a proper chicken, but after he is cast out for terrorizing the hens, and Fox realizes how much he misses him, the two go back to the forest together. The colorful illustrations are amusing, as the undaunted chick refuses to give up, and the fox comes around. However, the use of slang is awkward at times and is not completely convincing. The story is a little contrived and stiff, but young readers will enjoy the humor.-Kristin de Lacoste, South Regional Public Library, Pembroke Pines, FL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Nurture overcomes nature when a tough-talking fox and a newly hatched chick cross paths. Discovering that he can't eat anything that calls him "Papa," Fox looks for a meal elsewhere-only to find little Fluff stubbornly following along, leaving Fox's usual prey rolling on the ground in laughter. At last, rationalizing that Fluff needs to be with his own kind, Fox drops the cuddly chick off at the henhouse, but Fluff has picked up some fox-like habits, and after terrorizing peeping age-mates and full-grown hens alike, he's ejected-setting the stage for a happy reunion. Fox, in a sleeveless T-shirt and jeans, projects a suitably bachelor-ish air in Bendall-Brunello's (Mouse, Mole, and the Falling Star, p. 800, etc.) sketchy rural scenes, but Fluff seems to suffer from arrested development, as he's still clad in yellow down when seen at the conclusion, teaching a class of forest denizens in Fox's all-vegetarian school. Still, though no replacement for Lynn Reiser's Surprise Family (1994), this too will nudge readers toward the idea that outer form is not the most important element in familial relationships. (Picture book. 5-7)

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Product Details

Whitman, Albert & Company
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Product dimensions:
8.28(w) x 10.26(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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