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4.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  728 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
An injured magpie and a one-eyed dog live happily together in the forest, until a jealous fox arrives to teach them what it means to be alone.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published December 31st 2001 by Kane/Miller Book Publishers (first published January 1st 2000)
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Oct 12, 2014 karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: jen
i am glad i am the only one to have rated this book (although i know dana and greg read it with me on the subway yesterday, so i know they have been tainted, too.) the description above is what is printed on the book, which is scary enough, but i think what they really wanted to put as its description is "help o help this lady is threatening us and if we don't publish her crazy-assed book she is going to remove the toes of our children - call the police!!" i used to work in publishing and even t ...more
Aug 03, 2009 Greg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone.
This might be the best children's book ever, but maybe it's not appropiate for most children. It's bleak and dark, sociopathic in it's layout, the moral of the story is not like anything one would expect in a book for kids. It's what a crazed lunatic all bent out of shape by existentialism might have written. Or maybe something that Beckett would have penned if he had decided that he wanted to scar children with his writings. I don't know what to say but I am in awe of this book. Everyone should ...more
Mar 03, 2009 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: international
Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks have conspired to make "Fox" disturbing, strange, and thought provoking. The text, the pictures, the themes – there is no comfort in any of these. The cover warns you that danger is approaching - with the bright orange color, the sharp line drawings, and Fox’s profound yellow stare. Fox is as evil a character as I have ever seen in a children’s book – not evil born of greed or selfishness like Red Riding Hood’s wolf, but evil born of a desire to damage something prec ...more
Kirsty Pimm
Nov 24, 2015 Kirsty Pimm rated it liked it
Fox by Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks is a story of many factors.
Friendship, betrayal and jealousy all play their part in creating a story that evokes compassion from the reader.
The structure of the book will please a younger reader, who can take pleasure from the illustrations and irregularities in the way the text is presented.
Older readers can sympathise with each character that presents in the story, justifying the relationships between them.
The characters resonate with their real life count
Hayley Swanson
THIS BOOK. I don't even have the words to describe the feelings this book made me feel.

Dog rescues Magpie, whose wing has been burned. She can never fly again, but Dog is determined to show her life can still be good. Steadfast, eternally loyal, Dog runs with Magpie and acts as her wings, while she acts as his missing eye. Magpie is almost able to forget her loss. Almost.

When Fox comes along with an offer too enticing to pass up, Magpie finds herself alone and far from her friend. She learns a p
Anthony Eaton
Jan 10, 2011 Anthony Eaton rated it it was amazing
I'll say from the outset that 'Fox' is one of the most horrible stories I've ever read. It's up there with other books that have either moved me to tears, or come pretty close to it. The first time I read this picture book, I felt as though I'd been punched in the gut, such was the impact of the final pages, and this effect hasn't decreased with time. It still moves me, and I'd still describe it as one of the most powerful picture books ever written. (which is, I know, a very big call...)

It's a
Eleanor Toland
Mar 12, 2015 Eleanor Toland rated it it was amazing
Fox start off a straightforward, familiar fable about a friendship between two disabled animals, then swiftly turns into something much darker. Like Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tales, Fox is powerful because it's both emotionally devastating and perfectly morally true. It's a children's story with a moral, but Fox isn't remotely sappy or simplistic.

The artwork and lettering are striking, evoking the desolate, dangerous landscape of the Australian bush. The shimmering desert, the milky blind
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
A rather grim tale about how three individuals--a magpie, a dog, and a fox--handle adversity. You can either accept what is and make something positive out of it, or you can resist change and let it embitter you. It had an apocalyptic feel to it because it was set in a burned-out forest and, later, in the desert, with no signs of life. The text had an awkward feel, looking like it was printed by hand by someone not used to writing, or with a spare bit of charcoal or a burned end of a stick, whic ...more
Oct 05, 2012 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, pets, 2012
This is an interesting, but melancholy tale of three animals. It has a fable-like quality to it, almost like one of Aesop's famous tales. The hand-lettered narrative appears to be almost scratched into the pages, in various aspects and alignments. And the mixed media and collage illustrations are very rough and textured.

Overall, it's a dark, but entertaining story, one of trust and deception. I like that the ending is really neither happy nor sad. We enjoyed reading this story together.
Sandy Brehl
The text and tone of this simple picture book are well-suited to its intensity and depth of meaning. Used with older readers (too intense for the very young) it opens a discussion of friendships, adaptation, cooperation, suspicions, longing, need vs. want, and stereotypes.
It also raises the question of why some people hurt others, intentionally, with insights to bullying as well.
Apart form that, it can be used to predict/confirm within this simple story line, examine language, view setting as
Feb 09, 2016 Paige rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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Anne Y
Jan 26, 2015 Anne Y rated it it was amazing
Apr 24, 2010 Emily rated it it was amazing
I knew nothing about this book when I read this to a boy I was sitting before he went to bed. I hope he didn't have sad dreams!

It's an remarkable book: the art, the layout and the story. I just wouldn't recommend it as a pleasant bedtime story!
Jena Gardner
Sep 19, 2009 Jena Gardner rated it it was amazing
My new favorite picture book! The illustrations are fantastic and the ambiguity in the text led my fifth grade class to have a fantastic discussion and they wrote furiously in their literature response journals. Love love love it.
Clara Biesel
Jun 10, 2014 Clara Biesel rated it really liked it
When I was working at an independent bookstore we got a lot of web orders for this book. I'm not surprised that most bookstores don't carry it because it seems both deranged and devastating, and is certainly not for the same audience as most picture books. But it was also not surprising to me that people continued to seek it out, because it is intensely powerful.

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Apr 18, 2015 Helen added it
When I taught literacy through The Lost Happy Endings the kids commented on how scary it was and how Jub really didn't need to burn alive the evil witch. I didn't have an argument, as with her magic pen Jub could've redesigned the witch into a better person.

This is a sociopathic, violent tale of jealousy. **SPOILERS** Dog and Magpie are friends, they both have a disability but together survive and, dare I say it, are happy. Along comes Fox. He stays a while, gains their trust, then takes Magpie
So maybe not the best book to read to a kid, but so amazing! The word choices, the art, the story - all blew me away. Loved it to pieces.
Mary Refalo
Apr 07, 2015 Mary Refalo rated it really liked it
This is a completely engaging fable about loyalty and betrayal, and about the importance of co-reliance. The introduction of a fox into the Australian outback landscape offers a link to concepts related to sustainability. A story for adolescents and adults alike, Margaret Wild uses language that is rhymthic and evocative. The tone of the written text changes to develop character and plot. This feature would make a useful language study for all Stage 4 readers. The written language is aptly suppo ...more
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Nadine Jones
Dec 12, 2015 Nadine Jones rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
One of the books listed in "1001 Children's Books"
Aug 02, 2009 Dana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this book lost me at one-eyed dog.
Michael Daaboul
Dec 31, 2015 Michael Daaboul rated it it was amazing
A dark and fantastic picture book that deals with struggle, friendship, betrayal and resolve.

The book leaves you with heavy emotions as it tends to real and important parts of life.

The artwork is perfectly crafted for the themes as if it has been scratched onto the pages. The ink text was Illustrated with the left hand of Ron Brooks to achieve the lack of consistency.

I highly recommend this picture book to everyone as it carries an important message for those young and old, don't miss it!
Amy Stipp
Oct 26, 2009 Amy Stipp rated it really liked it
A one eyed hound and a bird with a burned wing complete one another. They are a pair that are synergetically able to be and do more together than they are by themselves. A jealous fox spots them and watches them with a lustful eye. There is nothing wrong with fox. He is perfectly normal. He has no physical ailments. But he does lacks one thing. A friend. I first thought fox wanted to eat the bird, but as it turns out, he only wanted to be happy like the two of them were. However, instead of join ...more
Jun 12, 2012 Fjóla rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: not the faint of heart, emotionally mature kids
Recommended to Fjóla by: 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
Beware that this book may not be for everyone, and make sure to read it first before you show it to your sensitive child, but this is a book that is so emotionally charged that it left me speechless.

This simple wilderness story about the friendship between a magpie who can't fly and a one-eyed dog is powerful and touching. The full spread pictures, that are at times warm and at times stark, are edgy and bring out the atmosphere of the desert. The rawness of the pictures and the book design fit
Michael Watts
Nov 15, 2013 Michael Watts rated it it was amazing
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James Johnson
Feb 13, 2015 James Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite picture book that I have read for this class. The story has a tone of being a fable with lessons of trust, working together, and strength. The illustrations are colorful and slightly abstract that gives support to the story being one that could have been told to children over generations. The ending gives hope that you can fix your mistakes and make things right.
Dec 01, 2015 Connie rated it it was amazing
A modern fable about a woman who is enticed away from her loving husband by a man who promises her excitement. She learns that a calm life with someone who loves her is a very good life to have, and she's willing to hobble across a desert to get it back!
Memory Toast
Jul 28, 2015 Memory Toast rated it it was amazing
The whole craft of this book is amazing! The words, pictures, and emotions mesmerized me from page one.

I highly recommend for anyone who likes picture books that wrap an important message in vivid language, sad circumstances, and unique style.
Riedwaan Kader
Jun 06, 2016 Riedwaan Kader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! the journey of friendship, trust and betrayal. This book is written with great thought and detail. The simplicity, yet powerfulness of the words really paints a picture in your mind. Another 4A favourite.
Apr 17, 2012 Katherine rated it really liked it
I was introduced to this postmodern picture book while doing my MTeach course at the University of Tasmania. (Btw, Ron Brooks, the illustrator, is Tasmanian!)

It was used in our Drama, Music, Art, Dance and Multimedia course (so not fair that all that was crammed into one semester!) to show how drama can be used as a way to explore literature. As a result, I feel utterly connected to this beautiful, haunting, upsetting book. And I have spent far to much time thinking about what a scream might phy
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Margaret Wild has written more than seventy books and has been published around the world. Her numerous awards and distinctions include the Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award for Jenny Angel, illustrated by Anne Spudvilas; The Very Best of Friends, illustrated by Julie Vivas; and Fox, illustrated by Ron Brooks. In 2008 she received the Nan Chauncy Award for an outs ...more
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