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The Fog

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  447 ratings  ·  130 reviews
Warble is a small yellow warbler who lives on the beautiful island of Icyland, where he pursues his hobby of human watching. But on a warm day, a deep fog rolls in and obscures his view. The rest of the birds don't seem to notice the fog or the other changes Warble observes on the island. The more the fog is ignored, the more it spreads. When a Red-hooded Spectacled Female ...more
Hardcover, 42 pages
Published May 16th 2017 by Tundra Books (NY)
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Lisa Vegan
I won this book at LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.

I’d originally learned about this book from a friend who works at a children’s bookstore in New York City.

The word that first comes to mind is charming. It’s very charming.

The illustrations make this book. 5 full stars. They’re gorgeous and whimsical and lovely. Very special!

The story is okay. I loved the part regarding the bird who is a human watcher. That was genius, as were all the illustrations about types of humans. It’s als
Dani - Perspective of a Writer
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Icyland is a special place that people like to visit and the home of Warble, a small yellow bird who loves to human watch. When a deep fog rolls in and lingers the other birds don't seem to mind but Warble becomes concerned. It's not until a Red-hooded Spectacled Female (Juvenile) also notices the fog that Warble decides to do something about the spreading menace.

What a gem of a book this turned out to be! I was drawn to the waterco
Warble is a bird and also a human watcher from the Icy Land. But one day the fog spreads over the land turning everything ghostly, and he is not able to watch people anymore. Warble knows something is very wrong, but nobody else seems to notice or care. He tries to blow the fog away, but it doesn't work. Warble is really worried. Then is when he finds a little girl who is also concerned about the last changes and signals. They decide to find other people around the world who are also aware of wh ...more
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
Read for my son during our road trip. He loved it. I also loved it too because the bird take corrective action to a problem. It doesn't sit back and ignore it or wait for others to fix it. It stands up and do something. I like to read these kinds of books for my son. I also like that it pays attention to its surrounding and notices right away when something is wrong. The story line is interesting as well. It's definitely a re-read for my kid every night before bed time. We also like the illustra ...more
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Just wow.
Beyond Words
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review and I'd like to thank them in letting me read an advance reader's copy of The Fog by Kyo Maclear for its release.

3.5 rating.
This book contains absolutely beautiful drawings, and the writing was mediocre. I loved that the bird, Warble, was persistent and tried to change something way bigger than himself. I liked that in such a minute size, it gave me good feelings.

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Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a bit wispy, like the fog. The pictures alone make it a four. The narrative is a little odd, but it appears to be a story of "fog" taking over everything, and no one noticing, except for one little bird, and one little girl.

And when they ask others, around the world, if they too see the "fog", it goes away, and things are beautiful again. I put the fog into quotes, because it seems to stand for something, but I am not sure what.

Or I might be trying to read too much into a beautiful
Laura Harrison
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a timely, remarkable picture book. A must have for bird (and people) watchers. It is a great friendship tale but ever so much more. The illustrations are swoon worthy. The illustrator, Kenard Pak is an absolute treasure. The emotions, warmth and atmosphere he conveys through his art is outstanding. One of my favorite children's books of the year.
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I first tried reading this on my phone screen and frankly just didn't get it. What I could see was enough to make me try again on my computer--and oh, what a difference it made! With subtle humor and illustrations, this story definitely requires a close read. I don't recommend reading it on a smart phone screen--you miss entirely too much.

On the surface, the story is a cute tale of a human-watching Warbler (whose i.d.s of said humans are hilarious). But then, enter The Fog. Only a few others se
Pop Bop
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A Mild Environmental Message, But An Even Better Friendship Tale

As a mysterious fog envelops the countryside, the bird Warble is worried, but his fellow creatures seem oblivious or unconcerned. Finally, joint efforts by other creatures in other faraway places make the fog disappear. So, the message, such as it is, addresses global warming and the need for global cooperation. If that's all we had here I'm not sure I'd be terribly enthusiastic about this book, even despite its charming gentle full
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Kenard Pak's illustration I came here for; I didn't exactly stay for Kyo Maclear's writing. Yet again, I am predictable.

I do think the writing and humour of this picture book was very strong at the beginning of this picture book, perhaps the strongest writing I've seen from Maclear for a picture book, but by the end I feel like the story and plot strayed a little too much that I feel both children and parents would be confused and I'm not sure children are you know, looking for deep inner meani
That One Librarian
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The inestimable Kyo Maclear is back with another stunning storybook. In "The Fog", a precocious little warbler is distraught when a fog rolls into his island and prevents him from taking part in his favorite pastime: human watching! The warbler searches and looks and watches until he finally finds a rare species - a "Red Hooded Spectacles Female (Juvenile) #673". Together the girl and bird find a way to dispel the fog and bring vision and happiness back to their island. While younger readers wil ...more
Shari (colourmeread)
I received an advance reading copy of this book from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for an honest review.


Warble is a tiny yellow bird who likes to people watch. When tourists come to Icy Island, Warble brings out his binoculars and takes note of the visitors; from the Behatted Bibliophilic Female to the Bald-Headed Glitzy Male, Warble observes them all.

One day, a fog comes over the island and prevents Warble from people-watching. Frustrated by this interruption, he does all he ca
Jessica ☕
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, kids-storybooks
This poignant and timely work shows the importance of championing a cause and fighting until it it solved, even if you aren't necessarily equipped to solve it.

Warble the bird may not be an expert on the weather, but he can tell that something is wrong with the fog. While at first no one listens to him, he finally finds an ally in a little girl who also notices something is amiss. When they launch a global awareness campaign (in the form of origami letters into the ocean), more allies from aroun
A very subtle books about global warming as it effects a small bird on an icy island who likes to people watch but can't do much any more because of the fog. A little girl helps him and soon - as people around the world are made aware - the fog lifts. I really loved this. It's quirky, the illustrations are charming. And the message....
Kaethe Douglas
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very cool; the art and text work well together. And it has amusing endpapers.

Library copy
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Such a peaceful, wonderfully told, and beautifully illustrated story.
Jackie Ostrowicki
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eva-and-me
Illustrator Kenard Pak brings this whimsical parable to life—a sort of Iceland where a yellow warbler sees things nobody else wants to notice. I especially loved the “human-watching” illustrations on the end paper and inside.

The key message: that the first step to addressing a problem is acknowledging its existence. This is addressed in a lighthearted and humorous way.

A little more about Pak...he started out as a visual development artist with DreamWorks and Disney, and has also illustrated chil
Kate Puleo Unger
Aug 25, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is cute, but I felt like there was a deeper metaphor that I just wasn't understanding. Warble, a small yellow bird, enjoys people watching. I loved this concept of the animals watching us. He lives on Icyland island, but when a mysterious fog rolls in, he can no longer people watch. No other birds seem bothered by the fog. They all act as if it's always been there, but it bothers Warble. When a little girl shows up and notices the fog too, they send letters out into the sea looking for ...more
Lindsey Lewis
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not compensated in any other fashion for the review and the opinions reflected below are entirely my own. Special thanks to the publisher and author for providing the copy. This review may contain spoilers.

The island of Icy Land is a popular tourist destination - and a small yellow bird named Warble likes to human-watch! He spends his days up in his nest, watching and documenting the different types of tourists that come to Icy Land. Howe
Zoë Danielle
The Fog by Kyo Maclear and Kenard Pak is a lovely picture book with text by Maclear and illustrations by Pak about a yellow warbler named Warble who lives on a beautiful island and watches humans, until one day the fog rolls in. As the fog continues to spread, Warble teams up with a a Red-hooded Spectacled Female (Juvenile) to find out if others can see the fog too. The illustrations in The Fog are really beautiful and mystical and really capture the feeling of the fog. In terms of the message, ...more
Sarah Sammis
These scenes of the Fog with Warble diligently watching through his binoculars brings to mind the icy and foggy mornings Maclear describes when she was learning patience along the shores of Lake Ontario (Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation. She was trying to learn how wait for nature to come to her and found the experience difficult and exasperating. She also apparently got the idea to turn the tables on those very birds she was trying to wait for!
Urbandale Library
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A small yellow warbler notices a fog settling and lingering, but the other animals of the island do not notice or choose to ignore it until the warbler meets a friend who helps him find other animals across the world to pay attention to the fog. For me, the message of this book can be applied to nearly any social issue and used to begin a discussion around awareness and action - not only about the world wide issue of climate change. I really enjoyed this book and I think children would enjoy it ...more
Diane Bowden
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s
Have you noticed that most of the books called "The Fog" are in the horror genre? I really don't know what to make of this book. Maybe a child would get it right away, but I am confused. Is the fog an allegory for something? Climate change?

What about eating insects? Is that what we should be doing to salvage the planet?

I enjoyed the charming illustrations. My favorite part was the cats from England responding about the fog and asking if the note was sent by a bird and "can we eat you?"
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I didn't quite this, so I gave it to my mother to evaluate. She says "Several books in one. She goes from one idea to the next to the next." That's certainly a valid viewpoint... the story about the human watcher is cute, the story about the friendship is nice, the story about reaching out to activists around the world is cool... but come on, what's wrong with fog? Just a weird little book. But hey, it's definitely original, so that's good!
Beautifully illustrated, fun and funny. And I don't get it. The fog just needs people to notice it for it to go? Isn't there a mobilization step in there? If I understood it, this would be very highly rated, but I can't give a high rating for a kids book that I don't understand.

Ahhhhh maybe I'm just stunned.
Ishta Mercurio
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A people-watching bird is hampered by a fog that rolls in from nowhere -- but nobody else notices or cares about the fog.

Maclear uses quirky humor to disguise a perfect metaphor for life in the 21st century. Genius. Read it to your little ones; study it with your not-so-little ones.
Munro's Kids
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: emilee, anna
This is a beautiful picture book with a resonant message. It works as a straightforward story, as an environmental metaphor, as a metaphor for depression, and I'm sure that you would find your own meaning in it, each time you read it. -Emilee
The Fog by Kyo Maclear is about beating something by putting your mind to it and collaborating and also about the environment. It is a beautifully illustrated picture book that will definitely start discussions.
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
this book is so good and lovely
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Kyo Maclear is a children’s author, novelist and essayist. She was born in London, England and moved to Toronto at the age of four.

Kyo is the author of several critically-acclaimed children’s books including: Spork (2010) and Virginia Wolf (2012), both illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault; Mr. Flux (2013), illustrated by Matte Stephens; Julia, Child (2014), illustrated by Julie Morstad; The Specific
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