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How to Find a Fox
     

How to Find a Fox

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by Nilah Magruder
 

Equipped with a camera and determination, a little girl sets out to track down an elusive red fox. But foxes are sneaky, and it proves more difficult than she thought.

Nilah Magruder's debut picture book charmingly tells the story of what it means to not give up and how sometimes what you're looking for is closer than you think.

Overview

Equipped with a camera and determination, a little girl sets out to track down an elusive red fox. But foxes are sneaky, and it proves more difficult than she thought.

Nilah Magruder's debut picture book charmingly tells the story of what it means to not give up and how sometimes what you're looking for is closer than you think.

Editorial Reviews

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"Magruder's protagonist displays an emotional range that matches the beats of the quest, from excitement and determination to anger, boredom, and dismay, and young children will feel them in tandem. Readers will want to put these instructions to use right away."--Kirkus reviews

"The illustrations vary and are very engaging, and there is just enough text to tell the story. VERDICT A great read-aloud and a recommended purchase."--School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
A young girl sets out with her camera to find a red fox and take its picture. She shares her different techniques, such as finding a foxhole, using bait, or following tracks. The girl is determined and so focused on her approaches to locate the fox that she does not notice the creature near her. For instance, she quietly follows the fox’s footprints to a tree but she is oblivious to the fox sitting next to the owl there. During her search, the little girl takes a picture of a raccoon family but she does not see the fox sitting next to the raccoons. The girl tries to seek the fox from a different perspective by climbing up a tree. The layout of the picture switches with a 90-degree turn of the book, providing a feel for the height of the tree. The illustrations reveal how the girl just misses the fox during her exploration. Children will enjoy the humor of the red fox hunt and the surprise ending. A good book for a read aloud. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung; Ages 3 to 6.
School Library Journal
11/01/2016
PreS-K—This is a simple but charming tale about a girl who is determined to photograph an elusive fox. Magruder is an animator and comic illustrator who creates her artwork digitally. The narrative is perfectly paced, and readers feel the child's growing frustration as the fox continually outsmarts and evades her. She searches for the fox high and low, setting traps with cooked chicken legs and climbing trees. Finally, she waits patiently, exhausted, on her back in the grass, at which point the fox comes to her and her diligence is rewarded with a series of fun pictures of the two of them together. The illustrations vary and are very engaging, and there is just enough text to tell the story. VERDICT A great read-aloud and a recommended purchase.—Sarah Wilsman, Bainbridge Library, Chagrin Falls, OH
Kirkus Reviews
2016-08-17
A determined child attempts to find an elusive fox and learns that perseverance is rewarded.Magruder’s debut picture book addresses readers directly as “you,” the digital pictures showing a black child with big, curly hair in a purple shirt and yellow shorts and shoes and sporting a yellow backpack, camera at the ready (more than one reader will be reminded of Dora the Explorer). The book accompanies the child as the narrator relates the sometimes tongue-in-cheek directions on how to find a fox: “Find a fox hole. Any fox hole will do. The best foxes are at home when you visit.” But this fox isn’t the cooperative type. In fact, it’s pretty crafty. Even when the child deploys the “fox bait,” aka chicken leg, it waits until the child moves on before snatching it. As the child continues the search, readers will be beside themselves, yelling that “it’s right there!” but the child doesn’t spy it until after climbing a tree, and even then, it gets away before the descent is accomplished. The child is discouraged but perseveres, because “Some days, a fox doesn’t want to be found. Some days, he wants to find YOU!” Magruder’s protagonist displays an emotional range that matches the beats of the quest, from excitement and determination to anger, boredom, and dismay, and young children will feel them in tandem. Readers will want to put these instructions to use right away. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250086563
Publisher:
Feiwel & Friends
Publication date:
11/15/2016
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
221,476
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Nilah Magruder is an award-winning writer, illustrator, and storyboard artist. She has received the inaugural Dwayne McDuffie Award for diversity, in recognition for her web comic M.F.K. In addition to comics, she has illustrated for children's books, film, and commercial television as well as Disney and DreamWorks.

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How to Find a Fox 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
alanajoli More than 1 year ago
How to Find a Fox is easily my most anticipated picture book release this year. I love Nilah Magruder's art, and I was thrilled when I discovered she was writing a picture book, so I could share her work with my kids! When my copy arrived today, I was not disappointed--the book lives up to my very high expectations with delightfully fun (and funny) art, perfectly paced prose, and a poignant message about not giving up even when the going gets hard. I'm looking forward to reading this one over and over again with my kids (after Christmas when they get to unwrap it--keep that a secret!).