Fox

Fox

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By (author) Margaret Wild, Illustrated by Ron Brooks

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  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Children's Books
  • Format: Paperback | 40 pages
  • Dimensions: 260mm x 279mm x 4mm | 292g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Sydney
  • ISBN 10: 1864489332
  • ISBN 13: 9781864489330
  • Illustrations note: colour illus
  • Sales rank: 6,073

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Dog is blind in one eye and cannot see. Magpie has a burned wing and cannot fly. But together the two make a perfect whole. Until Fox comes around and coaxes Magpie away from Dog. This long-awaited paperback edition of a multi-award-wining picture book is both stunning in text and unusually powerful in its illustrations. Short-listed in 2000 for the Kate Greenaway Medal, Fox is an archetypal drama about friendship, loyalty, risk and betrayal and is ideal for study in primary and secondary schools.

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Margaret Wild is one of Australia's most highly respected and popular children's authors. She was born in South Africa and emigrated to Australia in 1972. Margaret has worked as a journalist and an editor of children's books, and is now writing full-time. Since her first book in 1984, Margaret has published over 40 books and has won numerous awards. Ron Brooks is a picture book artist with a career spanning over 35 years. His previous books include The Bunyip of Berkeleys Creek, Aranea, John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat and Motor Bill and the Lovely Caroline by Jenny Wagner; the Honey and Bear books by Ursula Dubosarsky; the Henry books by Margaret Perversi; Old Pig and Fox by Margaret Wild. He lives in Tasmania.

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In this powerful story about friendship, betrayal and courage, the language is beautifully spare and the illustrations are vibrant and haunting. The text, written with scratchy pen, creates an edgy atmosphere... Brooks's images grow out of Wild's careful language, and are perfectly in tune. The position of the spidery text sets the pace and tone of the story, and there is a strong sense of place, with rich, vegetable-like colours. The paper's surface is streaked and gouged with brush lines, scratches, and finely etched drawings. The animals, though stylized, are also thoroughly real. -- Julia Eccleshare 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up The scratchy sideways text adds to the wild elemental feel of the book, with its breathtaking earthy palette. A one-eyed dog rescues a crippled bird; sitting astride his back as he runs she becomes his eyes and he her wings. But then Fox comes to join themm in their cave and fills it with a 'smell of rage and envy and loneliness'. A masterpiece. Sunday Telegraph Try it, discover a classic, for this is undoubtedly an exceptional masterpiece. School Librarian This is a memorable example of the picture-book form. Ground-breaking and courageous, it has been translated into many languages. Although it is not a 'fun' read, both children andadults will be drawn into this compelling tale of friendship, loyalty, risk and betrayal. Ibby Link