Fox the Tiger
Fox the Tiger

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Annotation: Fun-loving, mischievous Fox is back in this charming and hilarious tale of friendship, adventure and snacks, as Fox and his friends embark on their annual bike ride.
Catalog Number: #182077
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 32 pages
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-239867-9 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-4413-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-239867-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-4413-3
Dewey: E
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
In this quietly joyful paean to fall, lush acrylic paintings in vivid autumnal colors foreground "frisky" gray squirrels; plump orange pumpkins; and shiny red apples that look "like ornaments." The brief, lyrical text is pitched perfectly to preschoolers. As with its companion, When Spring Comes, this board book edition's smaller trim size doesn't diminish the impact of Dronzek's bold compositions.
Kirkus Reviews
Fox and friends play an imaginative game of pretend. While reading a book about tigers, Fox (Fox and the Bike Ride, 2017, etc.) wishes they were Tiger. "Tigers are big. / Tigers are fast. / Tigers are sneaky. // Tigers are the best," Fox reads. Paintbrush in hand, they paint their fur with stripes to transform into Tiger. Then, on a prowl, Tiger comes upon Turtle. Turtle initially mistakes Tiger for Fox before they are corrected. The exchange sparks an idea in Turtle, who disappears and comes back as Race Car: "I zip and zoom." Rabbit, a bystander, also gains inspiration. They disappear, return wearing a cardboard box, and reveal that they are now Robot: "I beep bop boop." The trio plays until a sudden rain washes away their disguises. But all is not lost: A passer-by, Squirrel, exclaims that Fox (as Fox) is "the best," no stripes needed. Using fewer than 60 words, Tabor creates a wonderful arc that includes an open ending (Squirrel paints themselves orange in the wordless final spread). The digitally rendered cartoon illustrations—originally created with pencil, watercolor, and crayon—are energetic and expressive. The overarching message of self-love is a good one, but the no-fuss acceptance of changing identities in text and dialogue (even if they are just pretend) is even better. Feel-good, make-believe fun. (Early reader. 3-6)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 Fox yearns to be a tiger. "Tigers are big. Tigers are fastTigers are the best." Fox and his friends, Turtle and Rabbit, spend the day pretending until a rainstorm washes away their disguises. Tabor uses pencil, watercolor, and crayon in a bright, but earthy palette. Most pages have a single illustration which provides context for one or two sentences. After Fox paints himself to look like a tiger, he admires his new stripes in a full-length mirror, can of paint nearby: "There. Now I am a tiger," says Tiger." The three friends have simple, but expressive cartoon features that add emotion to the story. Limited background details, creamy white pages, and an uncomplicated font are a perfect combination for an emerging reader. A humorous ending provides a positive message of self-acceptance that would have more power if Fox's epiphany came from within, rather than from the affirmation of others. VERDICT This is Fox's first appearance in an easy reader and it will surely be popular with children who enjoyed him in picture book format. Lisa Taylor, Florida State College, Jacksonville
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Theodore Seuss Geisel Award
Horn Book (4/1/19)
Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal (8/1/18)
Wilson's Children's Catalog
Word Count: 221
Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.1 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 501692 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: 240L

Fun-loving, mischievous Fox wishes he were a tiger. Tigers are big and fast and sneaky. So he decides to become one!

Soon Turtle and Rabbit are joining in the fun. But will Fox want to be a tiger forever?

In Fox the Tiger, this winning trickster character and his animal friends learn that the best thing to be is yourself.

Fox the Tiger is a My First I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for shared reading with a child. Other Fox books include: Fox Is Late, Fox and the Jumping Contest, and Fox and the Bike Ride.

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