Foxy and Egg: Starring Vivien Vixen As Foxy Dubois - Introducing Edward l'Ouef As Egg

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The utterly charming Foxy DuBois has cooked up a cunning plan to turn her dinner guest, Egg, into breakfast in this hilarious picture book that hatches a surprise! Delightful hostess Foxy DuBois invites Egg over for dinner. While Egg is taking notice of Foxy's chicken-themed art, Foxy is in the kitchen devising her breakfast menu: Egg. Foxy serves an indulgent dinner—she wants a big, delicious Egg. Then they play games—Foxy also wants a fit Egg. At Foxy's insistence, Egg spends the night: "I have something even ...

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Overview

The utterly charming Foxy DuBois has cooked up a cunning plan to turn her dinner guest, Egg, into breakfast in this hilarious picture book that hatches a surprise! Delightful hostess Foxy DuBois invites Egg over for dinner. While Egg is taking notice of Foxy's chicken-themed art, Foxy is in the kitchen devising her breakfast menu: Egg. Foxy serves an indulgent dinner—she wants a big, delicious Egg. Then they play games—Foxy also wants a fit Egg. At Foxy's insistence, Egg spends the night: "I have something even more wonderful planned for breakfast," Foxy says. But in the morning, Foxy is the one in for a surprise.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-K—Delight is in the details in this wickedly funny picture book. Foxy DuBois gives Egg shelter for the evening, but as a chicken connoisseur, she plots to fatten up her guest and make a tasty meal out of him. Her plans run afowl—sorry, afoul—when Egg cracks open and reveals a sizable, mustachioed alligator named Alphonso hankering for a taste of fox. Children will have fun poring over the spreads to find silly touches like chicken wallpaper, fork and spoon finials on the guest bed, and, in a neat little turn, the silhouettes of a fox on Alphonso's teacup. Smith's art is similar to Lauren Child's, mixing cartoonlike sketches with photographs of patterns and objects. Egg is humorously pictured in a bowtie as he "plays" the piano and then in a nightcap. Alphonso makes an uproarious encore appearance on the endpapers as a member of a chicken showgirl group featured in Foxy's foodie dream. Adults will enjoy reading this book to their youngsters as Smith writes in a wry, ever-so-slightly sinister tone glossed with a chipper fairy-tale veneer, opening with a hilarious homage to Casablanca, "Of all the suspicious-looking houses in all the deserted woods in the world, he had to roll up to hers...."—Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR
Kirkus Reviews

With expert comic timing, Smith sets vulpine Foxy DuBois up for a tasty turnabout after a mouthwatering guest comes to visit. When a small polka-dot egg appears on her doorstep, Foxy invites him in ("for a BITE to eat") and then dashes off to the kitchen to contemplate the culinary possibilities. But why settle for just a snack? After whipping up a massive meal of fattening desserts ("Egg wobbled with excitement") Foxy beds Egg down, then retires to a night of eggy dreams in anticipation of a yummy breakfast. Breezily leaving it to viewers to pick up on the absurdity of a faceless Egg capable of happily chatting and chowing down with his salivating hostess, the author/illustrator adds a pinch of melodrama by staging the tête-à-tête in a Victorian-style house stocked with poultry-themed knickknacks, embellishes Foxy's dreamscape with a leggy feathered chorus line and finally dishes up a double whammy the following morning in the form of a hugely swollen Egg that hatches out—well, not quite the entrée Foxy had in mind. The photo-collaged illustrations will remind many of Lauren Child, but the humor is distinct, enhanced by a cinematic introduction that reveals that the part of Egg is played by newcomer Edward L'Oeuf, with Vivien Vixen as Foxy DuBois. Delicious, for all that it's something of a literary hors d'oeuvre.(Picture book. 5-7)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823423309
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/20/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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