Foxbury Force

Foxbury Force

by Graham Oakley

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Once a month in the village of Foxbury, the Town Burglars stage a robbery to provide the local constabulary with a little policing practice. However, when the Foreman Burglar decides to speed off with the glittery proceeds from a jewelry heist, the foxy police force is obliged to follow in hot pursuit. Oakley's (the Church Mice books) unlikely text bubbles with wit (``He knew they were too honest to be trusted'') as it moves briskly through plot twists and good-natured surprises. Highly detailed illustrations extend the humor with small touches (foxes dressed down in flowery underwear, a country cottage sporting a cable dish) as the FPD shows little guile and less cunning. Especially appealing are scenes from the car chase and a set of inserts depicting the police force, truncheons at the ready, as they tiptoe through the darkness of an old castle. Much fun, and plenty of child-appeal. Ages 6-9. (Oct.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-The creator of the popular ``Church Mice'' series (Atheneum) introduces a new set of madcap adventurers. The town of Foxbury (inhabited by foxes) enjoys its own unique style of law enforcement. Every morning, the local constables primp and prepare for inspection. One morning a month, the town burglars carry out a mock burglary, which gives the constables much-needed practice in criminal catching. Usually, civility reigns throughout. This time, however, the Foreman Burglar decides that his group should commit a real theft. Of course, neither party has any experience with true crime, and the result is a wild, slapstick romp that will delight youngsters. As in his earlier books, Oakley employs a winning combination of sometimes exaggerated, sometimes understated tongue-in-cheek humor. Much of the amusement springs from his typically lively, detailed line-and-wash illustrations. The visual story enhances and expands the zany narrative. This book is sure to please Oakley's loyal fans as well as add to his following.-Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI

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