Friday, April 8, 2011
Fox & Hen Together, an after-they-fall-in-love story
Fox & Hen Together by Beatrice Rodriguez
This wordless picturebook continues the story Rodriguez began in The Chicken Thief. Hen cradles her egg in the first illustration, while fox remarks on the empty refrigerator. Hen entrusts her egg to Fox and goes out fishing for some food. But she gets more than she bargained for when an enormous bird catches the fish she’s just caught- pulling Hen away on a dangerous adventure. The colors of each illustration set an immediate mood for the scene while the simple ink lines composing Rodriguez’s characters are capable of wondrous expressions.
This is a rip-roaring adventure- though you’ll have to do all the roaring yourself- with a fun little twist of an ending. Who knew a hen-fox baby would look so cute? Children will oooh and ahh over Hen’s adventures while adults will find themselves transfixed as well. As the story ends
with a birth, it would also make a quirky baby shower gift for new parents.