The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
First Published: June 20th, 2017
Publisher: First Second
Recommended Age: 8+
Genres & Themes: Children’s, Graphic Novel, Animals, Humor, Family
The fox dreams of being the terror of the barnyard. But no one is intimidated by him, least of all the hens. When he picks a fight with one, he always ends up on the losing end. Even the wolf, the most fearsome beast of the forest, can’t teach him how to be a proper predator. It looks like the fox will have to spend the rest of his life eating turnips.
But then the wolf comes up with the perfect scheme. If the fox steals some eggs, he could hatch the chicks himself and raise them to be a plump, juicy chicken dinner. Unfortunately, this plan falls apart when three adorable chicks hatch and call the fox Mommy.
What darling characters.
The Big Bad Fox is especially adorable. You see, he thinks he’s scary, but no one—not the pig, dog or hen—is afraid of him. He tries hard to be terrifying in the eyes of others, unsuccessfully.
He even takes advice from his friend, the Big Bad Wolf, but nothing works. One day he manages to steal three eggs with the help of the wolf, though the moment the three chicks hatch, he becomes their mommy.
It is so, so cute. Of course, not one of the three chicks believes the Big Bad Fox is big nor bad for that manner. Actually, he pretends he doesn’t care about them, but he does. He does more than anyone and protects them at all costs. Now, would someone big and bad do that?
I was charmed by this story. Seeing the fox act like a mommy warmed my heart. And the chicks mimicking a fox was priceless. For someone who never expected to have to take care of three little beings, he is doing not that bad of a job, surprisingly. It made me smile about a hundred times.
I’m not sure there will be a second book, but if there ever is, I will jump on it, because I can’t imagine not wanting to read more about this strange, but sweet, family.
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