Reading/Interest Level: Preschool
Author: Corey R. Tabor
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Fox is determined to win first place in the jumping contest, but while the other animals practice Fox schemes. He builds a jetpack and paints it to match his fur (so no one will notice). On the day of the jumping contest, Fox jumps higher than planned but he has his inflatable space helmet so he isn't worried. Until he starts coming down. He did NOT bring his emergency parachute! During the awards ceremony, Fox lands in Rabbit's first place trophy. As Fox and Rabbit are fighting, the other animals discover Fox's jetpack and take it for a ride of their own.
Fox and the Jumping Contest has hilarious dialogue, spunky characters, and a classic trickster plot. It is incredibly enjoyable to read and very witty. Instead of the announcer saying, "ladies and gentlemen," they list a bunch of types of animals, including pachyderms. There are also some good life lessons included. For example, Elephant can't jump, but she doesn't care because she's good at other things and she's happy when she gets the last place because five is her favorite number. It is a simple story with imaginative writing and fun illustrations. Highly recommended!