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A Pig, a Fox, and a Box

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  287 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
In the style of Mo Willems, Jonathan Fenske tells three humorous stories of two friends, Pig and Fox, and their shenanigans with a cardboard box (all of which involved Pig accidentally crushing Fox in the box). With comic art and simple language, this Level 2 reader is sure to have kids rolling with laughter.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 16th 2015 by Penguin Young Readers
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This is a 2016 Geisel Honor title. It well deserves it. It is very simple in terms of vocabulary but with a fairly complicated story line. A fox too clever for his own good combined with a patient kind pig who only shows some frustration at one point, nothing harsher than that. Of course, all ends reasonably well, with them still friends. However, it does also show logical consequences in the final few illustrations of Fox. I'm glad to see a Geisel that is in regular reader format rather than ...more
Cheryl Gladfelter
I actually laughed out loud while reading this. So great!
Jenna Friebel
Jan 13, 2016 Jenna Friebel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: easy-readers, geisel
Geisel Award 2016 Honor
Rachel Placchetti
Feb 28, 2016 Rachel Placchetti rated it really liked it
3 separate sections that build on each other. Still has lots of repetition, but with longer sentences and more interesting words. The layout is clear and the speech balloons remind me of Elephant & Piggie. Illustrations reinforce the concepts and plot very well.

2016 Geisel Honor
Jan 28, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it
The fox is little, the pig is big and they are friends. But the fox likes to play tricks which always seem to backfire. This early reader has simple words, funny illustrations and a great storyline.

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Jan 18, 2016 Lorna rated it really liked it
A great addition to the easy-reader world. The humor and friendship between Pig and Fox will make this a hit with fans of Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggie books.
Cute and silly, but I really felt bad for the fox as he was crushed.
Benji Martin
Jan 19, 2016 Benji Martin rated it it was amazing
A brilliant pick by the Geisel committee. A very hilarious book.
Jul 16, 2016 Dan rated it it was amazing
I loved the repetition and humor. I can't wait to share this one with my family!
Dec 02, 2016 Madison rated it really liked it
Shelves: beginner-readers
A Pig, A Fox, and a Box is a picture book for beginning readers. This book could best be utilized by kindergarten and 1st graders. The plot of the story is about two friends who are Pig and Fox. During the story Fox plays all of these tricks on Pig and Pig always falls for it. However, Fox’s plans start of backfire on him. This book provides some comedy and also gives a large about of rhyming with small learning words. Furthermore, the amount of rhyming and repetition would be great for young ...more
Mackenzie Wardle
This book is a Level 2 Reader in the Penguin Young Readers collection. This is a playful story between a sneaky fox and a compassionate pig. In part 1 and 2 of the book, the fox tries to play tricks on the pig but gets hurt. In part , fox learns his lesson and does not pick on pig anymore. I thought this was a great book for children to start reading and understanding the structure of the sentence.
Oct 17, 2016 Yongqing rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended for ESL and beginner readers. My five and six-year-old students were ridiculously entertained by this book - they laughed even on the third and fourth rereads!
Alison Smolinski
Oct 08, 2016 Alison Smolinski rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this rather newly published book because it is very funny, even for adults. It is very simple to read with basic vocabulary, but with a good in-depth story-line. I also think having a rhyme-scheme for kids helps them read and follow a long; the story included some repetitive words that help kids practice and build confidence. The story is simple, yet hilarious that all children would enjoy.
Stephanie Easton
A fabled lesson of a new version based on the boy who cried wolf. The book is designed for a young child to read by himself. The fox always tricks the pig into thinking he is hurt, buy by the time the pig gets there the fox is actually hurt. The fox always gets injured trying to trick the pig. The box pictures are dull but the text is humorous for the children.
Ellie Hipp
Oct 02, 2016 Ellie Hipp rated it really liked it
Shelves: rdng350
In this story a fox and a pig are best friends. The only problem is that the sneaky little fox likes to play tricks. Throughout this short story, the fox continues to try and prank his friend, but his silly little pranks always seem to backfire on him when he least expects it. I would use this book in my younger elementary classrooms to remind the prankers in my class that tricks don't always work out the way you want them too. The writing style is fun and easy to read for young kids. I would ...more
Narrative that encourages to learn about points of view, consequences for actions, and (of course) silly animals. A good book for emerging readers. Simple dialogue, monosyllabic adjectives, and context clues make this one a good pick.
Maggie Cook
Sep 12, 2016 Maggie Cook rated it it was ok
Title: A Pig, A Fox, and A Box

Author: Jonathan Fenske

Illustrator: Jonathan Fenske

Type of Book (format and literary genre): Progressing Reader (Guided Reader level H)/ Fiction

Awards the book has received (national): Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor Book

Short original summary of the main plot, describe the content and themes of the book: Fox is constantly trying to trick Pig. However, his plans always back fire on him. Fox tries to trick Pig by hiding in a box and jumping out and scaring him. But Pig s
Brielle McKenna
Sep 14, 2016 Brielle McKenna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rdng350
As a not so sneaky fox tries to play jokes on his friend, the pig, they don't turn out a funny as he had planned. This was a very comical read that any age student would like! After the fox failed at his first prank, he had another failed attempt at pulling his second prank! In the end, although the fox liked to be silly and have fun, he realized he was done for the day, seeing as how they had all backfired on him. I would use this book in a classroom with younger students who seem to try and ...more
Becky B
Fox likes to play tricks on his friend Pig, but they never seem to turn out very well for Fox.

This was short and simple, but quite funny despite it's brevity. Fox should start a support group with Wyle E. Coyote. They both seem to have the same sort of problems with their tricks.
Apr 17, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pig and Fox are friends, but that Fox is sneaky! He wants to trick Pig, but innocence is bliss and the pig just doesn't have any real problems. Simple, easy story for emergent readers.

I bought this book for my school library because it was recognized as a Geisel award book. What a terrific find! I loved this book AND this author. The book reminds me of "Elephant and Piggie" books. Emergent readers need THIS type of controlled vocabulary reading! I quickly checked out some of Fenske's other publi
Merissa Leonard
Apr 25, 2016 Merissa Leonard rated it did not like it
This children’s book is about a fox that continues to trick a pig until the pig no longer falls for it. This book has simple illustrations and personally I was not a fan of this book. Although it is for beginning readers I felt it was too simple and not all that interesting. I believe many young readers would love this book and think it is hilarious; I just did not connect with it in any way. It reminds me a lot of the boy who cried wolf because the fox keeps tricking the pig. I feel like the ...more
Alyx Chamberlain
While this book has a very basic plot it has the potential to be silly and funny to smaller children. It has very simple vocabulary so it is most definitely intended for beginning readers. However, it still has value! There's definitely a lesson here, pretty similar to the story of the boy who cried wolf.

Fox likes to trick Pig, he thinks he is so sneaky and pig seems to always fall for it. However, when Fox is actually in trouble Pig does not want to be outsmarted yet again and ignores him.

I li
Erica Garl
This short book is a beginner level two reader that uses simple words and repetition to help young children begin to read. The story follows and pig and a fox and their adventures with a cardboard box. This book is a lot like the boy who cried wolf in the sense the the fox keeps tricking the pig and eventually the pig doesn't help and the fox gets more hurt than he ever has. I was not personally a fan of this book because of the amount of violence it has in it and the corresponding intended ...more
Sep 07, 2016 Vicki rated it it was amazing
This is one of the cutest early readers ever! Broken down into 3 short chapters, this rhyming story is hilarious. The colors for the illustrations are made with a few colors and the animals faces are adorable.
Emily Sands
Apr 27, 2016 Emily Sands rated it it was ok
This is a cute little tale about a silly pig and sly fox. The story at first was strange to me because I thought It was weird how they used text boxes to explain and show the conversation that occurred between the fox and the pig. However after finishing the book I felt like it was needed. I think the use of parts within the book were useful. By separating the book into three sections you got to see how damaged the fox became after playing with the pig. Even though I liked the book I thought it ...more
Katelyn Patterson
Jan 30, 2016 Katelyn Patterson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: easy-reader
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers

easy reader, Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Honor

Sneaky Fox tries to play tricks on his friend Pig... but they always backfire on him!

This would have been my pick to win the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, but it instead took home an honor. Easy Readers that have a little attitude are my favorite. As I have said before, I just LOVE IT when an easy reader is written well! Clever illustration by Fenske add richness and foreshadowing to the simple rhyming text. This is a
Elizabeth Schuster
Apr 26, 2016 Elizabeth Schuster rated it it was amazing
I never read this as a kid but loved it as an adult. The author, Jonathan Fensake, tells three hilarious stories of two friends a fox and a pig. The sneaky fox tries to scare the pig in multiple ways but sometimes plans don’t always work the way we want them to. This book has humor like the old Looney Tunes Road Runner show which is definitely why I enjoyed it so much. This is a great starter book for students to practice reading. The comic art helps tell the story and the text is written at a ...more
Jan 24, 2016 Becky rated it liked it
Did I enjoy reading A Pig, A Fox, and a Box? Yes and no. No, in that I'm not the intended audience for it, and, it wasn't quite my type of book. I didn't really "like" the illustrations. Yes, in that it was a good, solid book for young readers.

Readers meet two characters: Fox and Pig. Readers quickly see that Fox is tricksy. He is a kidder, a joker. He really, really WANTS to fool his friend, Pig. Time and time again, the joke is on FOX and not Pig after all. So it was FUN in a way.

Here's how
Brenda Lopez
Brief Summary: A cute picture book about fox who plays a trick on his friend pig.
Critique: The story was super easy to read, perfect for beginning readers. The story is humorous which I think many students will find enjoyable. The plot is not too extensive, it gets straight to the point of the fox hiding in the box and the pig not finding him.
Themes: Playing tricks on others sometimes doesn't follow through as you intended too.
Usefulness in Classroom: As mentioned before, I think this is a good
Juliana Lee
Oct 29, 2015 Juliana Lee rated it really liked it
Fox tries to play a trick on Pig. First with the box, he calls for Pig. When Pig cannot find him, he sit on the box and flattens Fox. Next with a wig buried under some rocks. When Pig sees the wig he thinks Fox is trapped under the rocks and so he throws the rocks away. The land on the box where Fox is hiding. Pig realizes it is only a wig and doesn’t help the flattened Fox who is trapped in a box under the rocks, because he thinks Fox is trying to trick him again. Finally Fox gives up. http://j ...more
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