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Friday 3 August 2012

Review: Fog a Dox

Albert Cutts is a tree feller – a fella who cuts down trees. Fog is a fox cub raised by a dingo. Both Albert and Fog are much more than they seem at first glance.

Albert and Fog’s story is a tale of mateship, acceptance and the almost forgotten deep connection that can exist between man and his environment. It is beautifully told and shares an important message about courage, respect and not judging others by outward appearances.

This wonderful story really touched me. Albert’s life as a tree feller in a remote area is a strong reminder of simpler times, away from the busyness and pretence that is part of so many modern lives. I loved Albert’s outlook on life - his sincerity, his tender-heartedness and his willingness to accept others as they are.

For me, the strongest messages of the story were acceptance - of ourselves and others – and remaining true to what we know is right even when others don't understand. I liked the additional sense of cultural connection provided through Albert’s recollections of his indigenous heritage, which adds a depth and significance to his present connection to his home, dogs and friends.

Fog a Dox is a thoughtful book with an important message. It reminds readers to look at the true value of others and what we do, to live sincere lives that have meaning. These complex concepts are conveyed in a way that is very accessible to younger readers. The book would be ideal for primary school aged readers to read alone or as part of a class activity where the book’s themes and message could be discussed.

Title:  Fog a Dox
Author:  Bruce Pascoe
Publisher: Magabala Books, $19.95 RRP
Publication Date: August 2012
Format: Junior Fiction
ISBN: 9781921248559
For ages: 8 - 13 years
Type: Junior fiction