I absolutely adore this book. I laughed out loud numerous times, but it's more than just a humorous graphic novel. Fox is a failure. No one takes him seriously, not even the animals on the farm, who feel so sorry for him they send him home with baskeI absolutely adore this book. I laughed out loud numerous times, but it's more than just a humorous graphic novel. Fox is a failure. No one takes him seriously, not even the animals on the farm, who feel so sorry for him they send him home with baskets of turnips to eat. When Wolf comes up with a plan to steal some eggs to then hatch and eat, Fox agrees with it. The problem is that it is Fox who ends up sitting on the eggs and looking after the chicks once they hatch. And once they imprint it isn't long before Fox becomes attached to the little chicks in return. When Wolf decides it's time to eat the little birds, Fox has to save them no matter what.
In the beginning Fox reminded me a bit of Wile E. Coyote from the Looney Tunes cartoons of my youth. That slightly slapstick humour wends it's way through the entire narrative, but there is also a tender sweetness that adds depth and richness to the plot.
These characters are brilliant. The bumbling Fox is sure to capture your heart. In the end he is prepared to do anything for those chicks. The images of him playing different games with them are just priceless.
In melodrama fashion, Wolf is a truly dastardly character. The lazy guard dog is hilariously rendered. The hen is both motherly and militant.
A note at the end says it is being turned into an animated film. You won't want to miss either the book or the film!...more
We are warned in the endpapers. "The story you are about to savor is a fictional tale with a helping of truth." It sets the toneThis review is posted on my blog at https://dickenslibrary.blogspot.ca/20.... Click on the link to see the missing images.
We are warned in the endpapers. "The story you are about to savor is a fictional tale with a helping of truth." It sets the tone for this delectable reading adventure.
Mr George Crum really was a renowned chef of mixed Native American and African American descent. Before he started cooking he had many other adventures, but those are not included in this book.
He owned a famous restaurant where people came from far away to taste his inventive "sorbets, souffles, stews, succotashes, ragouts, and goulashes." He introduced them to all kinds of strange delicacies.
Then came the day Filbert P. Horsefeathers, a peculiarly dressed man, came into the cafe and ordered, "Just potatoes." George tried feeding him potato wedges fried in lard, but the customer sent them back. George then fried potatoes with thinner wedges. Again the man declined them.
Eventually George created the perfect potato chip that satisfied the "finicky, persnickety Filbert Punctilious Horsefeathers."
George Crum was known to have a playful sense of humour, and the illustrations in this book capture this spirit delightfully.
I love the luscious language. I've given you a hint earlier on as to the alliteration, but the interjections used by Gladys, the waitress are just as priceless: Well, huckleberry biscuits! Well, flying flapjacks!
I urge readers to search out the definition of horsefeathers and other words in the book. Never will using a dictionary be so much fun!
The book begs to be read outloud. The reader will have as much fun, if not more, as the listeners.
The backmatter contains additional (and authentic) information about this remarkable person. I hope the book inspires young readers to learn more about this fascinating person. It did me. That's how I learned all about what he did before he took to cooking!...more