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Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers' Favorite
Not a Fox by Arthur Strangekin is an illustrated children’s book about a very clever fox who is rather greedy. He is smart enough to outwit a farmer by convincing him to start handing over his chickens, but as we learn, one just isn’t enough. Will the fox be able to fill his pot, or is something else brewing that the fox isn’t aware of? I absolutely love this book. It is filled to the brim with so much fun, detail, humor, and character that I know kids will also love it. It’s the kind of book that I want to read over again, just for the laughs. The artwork is obviously done by a pro who knows how to create perfect pages for a story such as this.
The creative twist that the fox uses to get what he desires makes him especially likable. There is no limit to his intelligence, though he also learns that he’s not the only smart one around. And the positives for kids reading this is that it will help them to think outside the box, using their imaginations to solve problems, instead of reacting to situations with the same old tired results. And if plan A doesn’t work, they can remember how the fox’s ideas went to plan F before all was said and done! Not a Fox by Arthur Strangekin is a clear winner and is sure to be a favorite among many young readers, not to mention many more adults who share this hilarious tale with them. Highly recommended for readers of all ages. Outstanding work! Very well done!