The Meeting

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
Wooden dialogue weighs down this woodsy graphic tale of two single-parent families getting together. Routed out of their den by hunters, Mrs. Fox and her daughter, Ginger, wangle an invitation to stay the night with Mr. Badger and his kits, Grub, Bristle and the baby. The grown-ups click immediately; the young folk-particularly hostile, unsocialized only-child Ginger-start off, at least, at war. Arranged in squared-off graphic panels, several to a page, Tharlet's uncluttered, fluidly brushed watercolor scenes are easy to follow as the young folk squabble about games and other issues but eventually come together over plans for a big moving-in party. Unfortunately the conversation as translated by Burrell too often runs to blocky lines-"We cannot return to our burrow. It is all destroyed"-and there is little suspense about the eventual outcome, giving this purposeful but promising series an uneven start. Still, it's hard not to warm up to characters named Bristle and Grub; here's hoping things smooth out in future entries. (Graphic fiction. 6-8)
Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Bristle, Grub and baby Berry are three badgers who live with their widowed father in a burrow. Ginger is a young fox who, with her single mother, has had to abandon their fox burrow due to hunters. After a long day on the run, the foxes are weary. They stumble into the badgers' home and are relieved by the genteel hospitality they find there—at least from the eldest badger. He offers them supper and a place to spend the night. The next day, Mrs. Fox checks their burrow to see if they can return, but find it destroyed. Although the children squabble and fuss, the adults decide that the two families can share the home. Mr. Badger and Mrs. Fox set about expanding the burrow even as their children set about to prove the plan cannot work. Knowing this is book one of the "Mr. Badger and Mrs. Fox" series, readers won't be surprised when the mischievous plan backfires—but they will be pleased. Tharlet's badger and fox families are sweetly and endearingly drawn; her watercolor illustrations are appealing and heartfelt. This isn't what one usually thinks of when thinking of the graphic novel genre! In fact, one wonders if this story needs to be told in such a format. The only benefit, from the readers' perspective, is seeing so many more of Tharlet's illustrations per page. Visually, this is likely to be a hit with the younger crowd, although without a descriptive narrative, it may be challenging for parents who wish to share it as a read-aloud. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—This picture-book-size graphic novel involves two single-parent animal families—Mr. Badger, his two sons Bristle and Grub, and baby daughter Berry; and Mrs. Fox and her daughter Ginger. After hunters destroy the Foxes' home, the adults meet and decide to share a burrow. Not happy with this arrangement, Bristle, Grub, and Ginger organize an open-house party to convince their parents that badgers and foxes should not live together. The story has enough action to keep readers' interest and a dramatic resolution. The theme of children in blended families is well developed without being didactic. With some help from adults, beginning-level readers will be able to read the comic-style text balloons and follow the panels. The soft watercolor illustrations evoke the summer forest setting and move the story along. A good start to a new series.—Marilyn Ackerman, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606161510
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Mr. Badger and Mrs. Fox Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,030,262
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.54 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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