This is the fourth book in the "Mr. Badger and Mrs. Fox" graphic picture book series. The storyline is that the badgers and the foxes are preparing for winter. They decided to stay in the same hole together underground for the winter, but they like to do different things to pass the winter months. The trick is finding something to make everyone happy. This is a graphic picture book—almost like the graphic novels, but in picture book form and simplicity rather than a longer graphic novel. Younger children can look at the pictures, but probably would not understand the story because it is slower paced than a picture book. The tale is a good lesson, teaching children what badgers and foxes do during the winter while mixing it up with fictional events and activities for the woodland friends. Luciani also presents a side story teaching children how to solve problems and work together.
A blended family of badgers and foxes make the best of close quarters in this wintertime story. Mr. Badger and his three kits, Bristle, Berry and Grub, along with Mrs. Fox and her pup, Ginger, are hunkering down for a long winter together in this early-reader book that makes great use of comic conventions. Panel illustrations show the family gathering materials to make their shared den nice and cozy, while also discussing their differing wintertime behaviors: The badgers don't hibernate, but they do sleep an awful lot to preserve their energy, and they rely on fat reserves to stay warm throughout the season, while the foxes grow thick winter coats and plan to hunt in the snowy forest. At first, the little ones have a hard time understanding these differences, and a dose of cabin fever makes the living situation rather fraught. Happily, the parents step in to ease tensions and to help their children make the most of the season and of their relationships with one another. Speech balloons, endearing illustrations of the characters, well-paced panels and lots of action from scene to scene will keep young readers invested in this story, particularly if they are already familiar with the previous titles in the series. A welcome addition to shelves of graphic novels for new readers. (Graphic early reader. 6-8)