The Fox in the Dark Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-01-11 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 21 user ratings

"Rabbit runs home, frightened that there is a fox chasing him in the dark. He makes it home safely, but then he hears a Rat-a-tat-tat! at the door. Who could it be? It’s a duck who is also being chased by the fox and needs a safe place to be. Rabbit lets Duck in, sharing his burrow, blanket and bed. But just then another knock comes at the door. This time it is Mouse. Another knock and it’s Lamb. All of them scared of the fox in the dark. And then another knock comes at the door. This time it’s the fox in the dark!

A combination of dynamic writing and energetic illustrations makes for a stirring read that will have children guessing the entire way through. Green offers young listeners plenty of rhythm and rhyme that is rambunctious. It also builds up the drama and tension. The book reads aloud very well and is sure to have preschool audiences in rapt attention. Allwright’s illustrations play a lot with light and dark, offering deep underground shots of the burrow that is filled with pools of yellow lamplight. The moods set by this use of dark and light really add even further to the dynamic nature of the story.

Recommended for preschool story times, this book would also make a great Halloween read due to the tension built up. It would make a great breather from witches and ghosts that time of year. But don’t wait until then to share it with children! Fit it into any story time featuring rabbits or foxes. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
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Hello, friends! JJ had her Bookworm Birthday Party today, so we picked a favorite from our personal library to read to her guests: The Fox In The Dark, written by Alison Green and illustrated by Deborah Allwright, a sweet and poignant tale about mistaken first impressions.

Rabbit runs home at a hurried pace; there is a vicious fox out in the dark tonight. As soon as he secures himself in his burrow for the night, he hears a knock on the door. A duck has gotten stranded in the woods, and asks to take shelter with the rabbit. Soon after, an exhausted mouse and a timid lamb also beg sanctuary, making Rabbit’s only bed quite crowded for the evening. And just as they are settling in, there is another knock at the door: the fox! But he isn’t quite what he appears to be…

This is one of our favorite bedtime books, and we enjoy it every time. The message, that things and people are rarely as simple as they appear, is a classic but with an important twist: don’t fear what you don’t understand. By revealing that the fox isn’t hunting for a meal but for her lost cub, it encourages little readers to consider things from all perspectives before snapping to judgement. The rhyming text, full of onomatopoeia and opportunities for unique character voices, is a delight. The art is funny, surprising and sweet in turns. The length is perfect, and both JJ and her party guests are fans! This is a great story, and we love having it as part of our library. Baby Bookworm approved!

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"Amazon sites have straight 5-star reviews for this book - and no wonder - this is possibly the perfect children's book.

As an author of novels, I had often thought of writing a children's book especially with my own kids in mind. for over a year I dreamed up a book that would have a wonderful underlying theme and moral yet be funny, light to read, full of cute animals, and more. I started developing a plot and even penned out my book. It was far too long, far too complex. The prose was OK but it needed work. It has sat on the shelf for nine months now.

Then, one evening as we watched our nightly CBeebies Bedtime story, my need to write a children's book was erased. A woman came on screen and proceeded to read Fox in the Dark complete with the kind of character voices we humble parents only dream of being able to pull off. The story was recorded and has been watched many a time since. It's a firm favourite with our kids.

The illustration is superb but it's the poetry, humour and plot that I can't get enough of. Green is clearly an accomplished poet and nothing about the prose feels contrived. The jokes are cleverly written in and I am mazed at how she has narration rhyming with dialogue. We (the whole family) adore all of the characters and even within the short space of the book feel like we know each one's personality. Even with their faults (afraid, abrupt, moody, weak-bladdered, etc), the are all endearing. This book potentially gets more reads than previous favourites by Donaldson in our household.

So thanks, Alison Green, for stopping me from writing a children's book that could never have hit the levels of brilliance that you have. To all prospective buyers, I highly recommend this one. They probably don't get better.
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" Real rating: 4,5Great message. Could be interpreted as a political one. " said.

" I liked the illustrations in this one a lot and the story was sweet and a fun read aloud too. " said.

" The rhyme scheme is fantastic! It reminded me of The Night Before Christmas or other story-poems of that length. The art is adorable, and I loved the level of plot it achieved without being too complex for a picture book. " said.

" I absolutely adore this book and have to report that it's a Double Whammy - my son loves it and I do too. I think the illustrator's choices in breaking up scenes within the layout are particularly inventive and hope my son will forgive me for hijacking it time and time again to take to the studio with me. I need it as reference material. I will bring it home soon. I promise. " said.

" A hungry fox is hunting for a meal and everyone is scared of him. The animals are relieved to discover he is in need of that is not so scary and they can do.Dream Big (Summer Reading Program 2012) recommended bookAvailable from OCLS in print. " said.

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