Fox and Hen Togetherby Beatrice Rodriguez
Fox and Hen Together continues the wordless story of The Chicken Thief, focusing on Fox and Hen’s life together. As the illustrations quickly reveal, Crab has become a fast friend, Fox and Hen have an empty refrigerator, and Hen has laid an egg. As to the fate of her egg, that will take a little longer to reveal itself. And here again, the chase/i>/i>
Fox and Hen Together continues the wordless story of The Chicken Thief, focusing on Fox and Hen’s life together. As the illustrations quickly reveal, Crab has become a fast friend, Fox and Hen have an empty refrigerator, and Hen has laid an egg. As to the fate of her egg, that will take a little longer to reveal itself. And here again, the chase is on, but this time it's Hen who is in pursuit!
Béatrice Rodriguez is the author of The Chicken Thief, which received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal as well as a rave review in The Wall Street Journal.
"Who says married life is dull? The sequel to The Chicken Thief has as much action and drama as it's predecessor, and is just as weirdly wonderful as it moves from courtship (of sorts) to cohabitation." - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"A sweet loopy look at domestic travail filtered through a wickedly subversive lens." - Kirkus
"B. Rodriguez's The Chicken Thief and Fox and Hen Together are two of the most charming wordless picture books I've ever encountered. Check 'em out." - Nancy Pearl, nancypearl.com
"Children who like exaggerated action and high jinks in their story will enjoy the continuing story of Fox and Hen. Children and parents can take turns telling this story by adding dialogue, narration and sound effects." - Tanya Boudreau, curled up with a good kid's book
"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 expresions on the animals' faces add subtle touches of humor. Kids will love this funny and exciting story." -Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, Starred Review
Review on the Fox and Hen Series:
"Why I love this Series: Wordless picture books are "just right" books for EVERY reader in my classroom." -Mary Lee, A Year of Reading
"Laugh out loud funny! I love the expressions on the characters' faces as Hen and Crab sail through one peril after another and especially when Hen thinks Fox might have done something terrible to the egg. this story is touching and dear and the perfect continuation of The Chicken Thief. -Biblio Reads
Bringing home the bacon (or, in this case, the fish) is not as simple as it may seem.
The title of this wordless continuation of The Chicken Thief (2010) is something of a misnomer, as Hen spends much of this eventful day apart from Fox. The connubial bliss of Hen and Fox is marred by an empty refrigerator, so Hen kisses her egg goodbye and leaves it in the care of Fox while she and friend Crab head out for a day of fishing. She lands a big one in short order, but an equally short order it is snaggled by a giant bird that flies off with fish, Hen (clinging to the rod) and Crab (clinging to Hen's tail feathers). Comical misadventures ensue, all laid out in super-wide-screen format with Rodriguez's characteristic fine line and sense of absurdity. This story does not present the same emotional nuance of its predecessor, but children will get plenty of giggles watching Hen and Crab fend off giant, ravenous hatchlings and battle a sea serpent. The complexity comes when Hen opens the door to see a cracked egg shell and a skillet on the table; about to bop Fox with said skillet, she holds herself back when she sees him cuddling an adorable fox-hen baby.
A sweetly loopy look at domestic travails filtered through a wickedly subversive lens. (Picture book. 5-8)
Meet the Author
Béatrice Rodriguez was born in 1969. She received her degree from the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg and works today as an illustrator, creating children's books as well as illustrations and cartoons for the press. She lives in France with her husband and two children. He previous book with Enchanted Lion THE CHICKEN THIEF received a starred review in PW and one in SLJ as well as positive reviews in Kirkus and Booklist.
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