Fox eyed a bunch of tantalizing grapes hanging from a vine growing high on a tree.
"Those juicy morsels are for me," he said with a grin.
The problem was, Fox was only so high...and the grapes were so, so, so high.
"No matter," said he. "I am sly. Clever. Smart. After all, I am a fox."
He made a plan...
And what a plan it is! Here Margie Palatini and Barry Moser, who collaborated on Earthquack! and The Three Silly Billies, give an ingenious--and hilarious--twist to the well-loved Aesop's fable "The Fox and the Grapes."
Okay, I've got a personal bone to pick--I love foxes! They are adorable, and I like when they are straight out clever. Not when they think they are clever but are actually dumb, like in this story.
Regardless of that, do I like this book? Not really. The message is good--don't turn your back on something good just because you needed help to get it. But I wasn't a fan of the way it was written. The dialogue is almost stream-of-consciousness, with a lot of dashes and elipses. It doesn't read like a children's story at all.
The pictures, however, are stunning.
My love of foxes might be coloring my review, but I didn't find much extraordinary about this book.
Three out of five hanging possums.
Release Date: August 2009
Reading Level: Grade K+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection: MONARCH