Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
My Fox Ate My Homework by David Blaze is a thrilling fantasy for young readers. Jonah — and he prefers being called Joe — is just eleven when they move. In his new school, he feels out of place. He can’t sing well and is easily embarrassed. Apart from having to deal with the usual problems a kid his age faces in a new environment, he is bullied not only by one, but by two nasty kids. Joe is surely going to have a very difficult year and he is aware of this. But things change when he finds a talking fox at his new home. A unique friendship develops and with it a whole new world. Now, Jonah is on an adventure that will open his eyes to the beauty of friendship and allow him to see his worth.
David Blaze has done a marvelous job in capturing sentiments and problems that kids face as they grow up. Bullying is one of the themes that is so masterfully developed and it’s a common reality in modern schools. But friendship is a world where kids can learn to name themselves and to see the worth of others, the beauty of their uniqueness, and the importance of creating spaces for others. The characters are compelling and memorable. The narrative voice is absorbing. I read this book with my seven-year-old son and he developed a lot of sympathy for Joe. I was thrilled when he asked questions, just the way he does whenever I read The Little Prince by Antoine de St-Exupéry to him. My Fox Ate My Homework is an entertaining and educative read for kids; a grand success.