A Hubbub (Mr. Badger and Mrs. Fox Series #2)by Brigitte Luciani, Eve Tharlet
Now that Ginger Fox and her mother are living with the Badgers, life just isn't the same. Ginger's new badger brothers like to argue. Her new badger baby sister takes up all of Mrs. Fox's time. And Mr. Badger has a lot of rules about keeping the house tidy. That's not how they used to do things back at the Fox home. Maybe Ginger should live with her father instead.
Now that Ginger Fox and her mother are living with the Badgers, life just isn't the same. Ginger's new badger brothers like to argue. Her new badger baby sister takes up all of Mrs. Fox's time. And Mr. Badger has a lot of rules about keeping the house tidy. That's not how they used to do things back at the Fox home. Maybe Ginger should live with her father instead. But Mr. Fox travels all the time. And Ginger really likes the new clubhouse she and her brothers built. If only they could keep those mean cats from taking over the clubhouse... Maybe belonging to a big family has some benefits after all!
It's exactly a year after the mixed woodland cohabitation celebrated in The Meeting (2010), and temperamental Ginger Fox has settled in nicely with her three new badger half-sibs—explaining after an exchange of insults ("Fly doody!" "Skunk fart!") that arguing with friends is OK, but "you can argue much better with a brother. It's natural!" Ginger's equanimity is upset, however, first when her roving birth father pays a visit that reminds her how much parental attention she got when she was an only child, and then when two cats from town take over the tree-trunk clubhouse she and the badgers have fixed up. Despite an overt socialization agenda ("I have so many parents!" Ginger exclaims at the end), there are some amusing twists here—"Every fight you avoid is one you win," homilizes Ginger's strict and orderly badger dad, just before helping the young folk set up a paint trap to drive off the feline interlopers—and Tharlet's delicately detailed panels never look crowded despite plenty of speech balloons. Above-average fare for younger graphic-fiction fans. (Graphic animal fantasy. 7-9)
Meet the Author
Brigitte Luciani is the author of many French titles for children. Born in Hanover, Germany, she received a Masters degree in literature and worked in journalism, editing, and photo research before moving to France, where she began writing books for kids and adults. Around the same time, she discovered graphic novels and began looking for an illustrator to collaborate with on a comic of her own. She teamed up with with Eve Tharlet for the Monsieur Blaireau et Madame Renarde series, which has been translated into English as Mr. Badger and Mrs. Fox.
Eve Tharlet is the illustrator of over 150 books for children, including the Mr. Badger and Mrs. Fox series. Although born in Alsace, Ms. Tharlet grew up in Germany, taking courses in printmaking and screen-printing in Berlin before studying illustration in Strasbourg. She has illustrated all kinds of children's products, including miniature books and calendars, games and magazines, schoolbooks and classic fairy tales. She is married and has two sons, and lives in the hilly countryside of Brittany.
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It had been about a year since Marguerite, Mrs. Fox, Edmund, and Mr. Badger had been together. They were a very happy, blended family. At first Ginger was very unsettled because it had always been just she and her Mama and when Bristle, Grub, and little Berry came to live with them things were so different. The two older boys were teaching Ginger how to argue and stand up for herself and she shouted out things like, "You flea-filled carpet" and "Striped doormat." She was really learning fast, but very soon Papa stepped in and asked them to watch their language. Edmund told Mama that "they never get bored when they're together." The children seemed to get along quite nicely since they got together, but sometimes Ginger thought that Papa was sometimes a bit too strict with them. Bristle, Grub, and Ginger were soon off working on their new clubhouse in a hollowed out tree. They were having so much fun putting up hammocks that they were late for dinner. Ginger became very upset when Papa made them clean their rooms after dinner because Mama never made her do that. Things were really different in this new household. Her "real" Papa came to pick her up sometimes, but she worried that she really didn't fit into the house, especially when baby Berry called HER mother, "Mama." Would Ginger ever fit into they house? Didn't her Mama love her anymore? This charming graphic novel is the ongoing story of a blended fox and badger family who are beginning to care for one another. This is the second installment in the Mr. Badger and Mrs. Fox series. In the first story the family had just gotten together and all the three older children from both families were very upset at the prospect of having to live together. In this book we are beginning to see, as in "real" families, that the children are starting to get along and actually enjoy playing with each other and are defensive of their siblings against outsiders. The series is fun and does not lecture. The artwork is very beautiful, detailed, and quite appealing. Quill says: If you have several children in one of those special blended families, this lovely graphic novel series is one you may wish to consider!