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Thursday 4 February 2016

Review: Outfoxed

I love Claudia Bolt's work. Her illustrations are so vibrant and smile-inducing, utilising divine colour and pattern and illustration techniques. And Outfoxed is no exception.

Harold is not like other foxes. His favourite meal is Swiss cheese. And he dreams of becoming a detective.

Harold's dad, however, is old school. He's fully intent on training Harold in the foxy art of catching chickens--as all good fox kids should.

So, Harold gives it a go. There's loads of chickens who live nearby and it's not a difficult task. He snatches up a chicken and takes it home to show Dad.
But on the way, the chicken starts clucking. He doesn't want to be eaten by a fox. Harold reassures the chicken that he only eats cheese, and then ponders the existential meaning of this fact. If he doesn't eat chickens, is he really even a fox?

While he ponders, the chicken takes off.

Back at home, Harold's dad is not impressed. He tasks his son with some detective work--to find that chicken--a journey with a very unlikely (and cute!) outcome.

This is an adorable story about friendship and being true to oneself (and one's personal preferences!). Oh, and the illustrations are very bit as gorgeous as I knew they would be.

Title: Outfoxed
Author/Illustrator: Claudia Boldt
Publisher: Tate, $21.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 February 2016
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781849763134
For ages: 4 - 8
Type: Picture Book