The Big Bad Fox

Book Information
Rating: Excellent
Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Benjamin Renner
Publisher: First Second
Year: 2017
ISBN: 9781626723313
Pages: 192

A famished fox visits the farmyard every day to eat a chicken. Unfortunately, he just isn't scary enough and every day the hen chases him away. A wolf tries to help him develop his scary side without success, however the two "hatch" a plan to steal eggs and raise chickens to eat. The plan begins well, but how can you eat little chicks who think that you are their Mom? Caught between a big bad wolf and his cute little family, the fox tries to integrate his hatchlings back to the farm.

The illustrations are styled like an on running cartoon and the fox himself is very reminiscent of Wiley Coyote. Hungry, determined to find food but foiled by fate at every turn. Boys who are not enthusiastic readers will find the humor engaging and the picture to word ratio perfect for the story. The humor is really geared to young boys and is appropriate for adults, but not well suited to young children. The story shows growth in the fox as he learns to love the chicks and plots to save them. The chicks are a hoot as they play oblivious innocents who frequently turn the table back on their long-suffering "mommy". Each situation has a humorous resolution that drives the story forward and reaffirms how tough it can be to be a parent. 

*Contains moderate violence.