Written and Illustrated by Nilah Magruder
Feiwel and Friends, 2016
How to find a fox:
Find a fox hole.
Hopefully, there will be a fox at home when you come to visit, but if not, you can try putting out a chicken leg and waiting to see if a fox comes along to get it. Look for fox tracks, which look like dog tracks (but sneakier). You can try making fox calls and rolling down a hill (which won’t help you find the foxes, but it’s a fun way to pass the time). You could climb a tree to get a different view and if you see a fox from up there, you have to run fast to catch up with him. If the fox gets away, you can get angry or give up. And then maybe, the fox will find you instead.
This is the debut picture book from author/illustrator Nilah Magruder. The main character here wants to find the fox so that she can take a picture of it and her determination is admirable. I like that we get to see her try some different approaches to finding the fox and while doing so, she has a fun adventure. Of course, in the digitally created artwork, we can see that the fox is always just a step or so ahead of her, outfoxing her time and time again. The artwork and the girl’s general appearance (not to mention the presence of a crafty fox) is really reminiscent of Dora the Explorer, but there doesn’t seem to be any direct connection. This one is not anything really special, but it’s cute.
And what did we learn? What I take away from this book is that sometimes the thing you’re looking for is just waiting for you to be still a moment so it can find you.