Who says married life is dull? This sequel to The Chicken Thief has as much action and drama as its predecessor, and is just as weirdly wonderful as it moves from courtship (of sorts) to cohabitation. When the cupboard is bare, Hen—no stay-at-home mom-to-be—entrusts her egg to Fox and sets out to catch some dinner, accompanied by an intrepid, scene-stealing crab (who has enough charm to carry his own book). She snags a huge fish, but quickly gets embroiled in a tug-of-war with a vicious bird and then a serpentine sea monster. And Rodriguez doesn't stop there, giving readers an emotionally charged (but happy) ending. Ages 4–8. (June)
PreS-Gr 1—This sequel to The Chicken Thief (Enchanted Lion, 2010) finds Fox and Hen happily living together. Their household now includes an egg and a feisty little crab. The story begins when Hen, joined by Crab, leaves her egg in Fox's care and sets out with a fishing pole to catch some dinner. Her plans are foiled when the fish at the end of her line is carried off by an enormous eagle, and from there on, it's a goofily harrowing but ultimately satisfying ride for most of the characters in this wordless story. Rodriguez skillfully uses the format of wide, short pages to create dynamic scenes with a cinematic sense of movement. Her line work is wonderful, somehow seeming sketchy and refined at the same time, and the expressions on the animals' faces add subtle touches of humor. Kids will love this funny and exciting story.—Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
"Who says married life is dull? The sequel to The Chicken Thief has as much action and drama as it's predecessor, and is just as weirdly wonderful as it moves from courtship (of sorts) to cohabitation." -
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"A sweet loopy look at domestic travail filtered through a wickedly subversive lens." -
"B. Rodriguez's The Chicken Thief and Fox and Hen Together are two of the most charming wordless picture books I've ever encountered. Check 'em out." - Nancy Pearl,
"Children who like exaggerated action and high jinks in their story will enjoy the continuing story of Fox and Hen. Children and parents can take turns telling this story by adding dialogue, narration and sound effects." - Tanya Boudreau,
curled up with a good kid's book
"Rodriguez skillfully uses the format of wide, short pages to create dynamic scenes with a cinematic sense of movement. Her line work is wonderful, somehow seeming sketchy and refined at the same time, and the expresions on the animals' faces add subtle touches of humor. Kids will love this funny and exciting story." -Lauralyn Persson,
Wilmette Public Library, Starred Review
Review on the Fox and Hen Series:
"Why I love this Series: Wordless picture books are "just right" books for EVERY reader in my classroom." -Mary Lee, A Year of Reading
"Laugh out loud funny! I love the expressions on the characters' faces as Hen and Crab sail through one peril after another and especially when Hen thinks Fox might have done something terrible to the egg. this story is touching and dear and the perfect continuation of
The Chicken Thief . - Biblio Reads
Originally published in France as
Partie de Peche as a sequel to The Chicken Thief, the story is told in pictures. Hen has laid an egg, which she entrusts to Fox for safe keeping while she and Crab go fishing for dinner. Is she foolish to do this or is Fox a true friend? Through clever drawings we watch Hen and Crab catch a big fish, only to have the fish carried off by a big bird. Hen holds on to her fishing pole which is still hooked to the fish and Crab holds on to Hen's tail. The two try to pull the fish away from the bird who grits his teeth and carries them to his babies. Hen stands on the babies' heads, holding the fish over the side of the nest, just out of their reach. The two fishers fall back into the sea and as they are swimming for home, a sea serpent swallows the fish. Not to worry; the fight with the sea serpent takes them back to their own shore and house. Now they have plenty of food. Hen and Crab rush to their house to tell Fox and see how Hen's egg is doing. The first thing Hen sees is her egg cracked open and no baby around. She is about the brain Fox with a frying pan when she sees he's just cuddling her chick, so they have a fine feast of fish and sea serpent. This is a cute story which even very young children can feel they're reading. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Bringing home the bacon (or, in this case, the fish) is not as simple as it may seem.
The title of this wordless continuation of
The Chicken Thief (2010) is something of a misnomer, as Hen spends much of this eventful day apart from Fox. The connubial bliss of Hen and Fox is marred by an empty refrigerator, so Hen kisses her egg goodbye and leaves it in the care of Fox while she and friend Crab head out for a day of fishing. She lands a big one in short order, but an equally short order it is snaggled by a giant bird that flies off with fish, Hen (clinging to the rod) and Crab (clinging to Hen's tail feathers). Comical misadventures ensue, all laid out in super-wide-screen format with Rodriguez's characteristic fine line and sense of absurdity. This story does not present the same emotional nuance of its predecessor, but children will get plenty of giggles watching Hen and Crab fend off giant, ravenous hatchlings and battle a sea serpent. The complexity comes when Hen opens the door to see a cracked egg shell and a skillet on the table; about to bop Fox with said skillet, she holds herself back when she sees him cuddling an adorable fox-hen baby.
A sweetly loopy look at domestic travails filtered through a wickedly subversive lens.
(Picture book. 5-8)