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The tale of Tricky Fox
Aylesworth, Jim.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Tricky Fox uses his sack to trick everyone he meets into giving him ever more valuable items.
Reading Level:
AD 610 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.9 0.5 43529.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.9 2 Quiz: 24007 Guided reading level: M.
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A hilarious tale about a tricky fox who can outsmart any human except a teacher! "Cleverly paced repetition and an unexpected ending make this droll caper a winning choice." - Publishers Weekly, starred review "McClintock's lively line gets the tale's mischief just right.her wily Fox even winks conspiratorially at the reader." - The Horn Book, starred review

Author Notes

Children's book author and illustrator Barbara McClintock was born in Clinton, New Jersey on May 6, 1955. She attended Jamestown College in North Dakota before moving to New York City on the recommendation of Maurice Sendak, whom she called to ask advice about how to become a children's book illustrator. She briefly studied at The Art Students League of New York.

Before meeting Jim Henson and illustrating books for his television series Fraggle Rock, she designed characters for television commercials for an animation studio and illustrated textbooks. Her first book, The Heartaches of a French Cat, won the New York Times Best Books Award. She won this award three more times as well as a Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor award for Dahlia. Her other works include Animal Fables from Aesop, The Fantastic Drawings of Danielle, The Gingerbread Man, Adele and Simon, Mary and the Mouse, the Mouse and Mary, and The Battle of Luke and Longnose.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-7. In the same format and style as their Gingerbread Man (1998) and Aunt Pitty Patty's Piggy (1999), Aylesworth and McClintock offer another nostalgic folktale that's perfect for read-alouds. Bored with chickens, Tricky Fox boasts that he can steal a pig. "I'll eat my hat if you do!" says his brother, and the bet is on. Playing on humans' natural curiosity, the clever fox tricks two elderly neighbors into filling his sack with treats, but a third woman, a teacher, outwits Fox by putting a bulldog in his sack.. Unaware, Fox returns triumphantly with his bulging sack, and Brother eats his hat, literally, before the ferocious pup leaps out. The folly of the well-dressed, rascally animals and their human counterparts, rendered in McClintock's signature style (reminiscent of fine, nineteenth-century illustrations) inspires giggles. Aylesworth's words, in bouncy rhythms and nursery rhymes, will get kids to cheer along with the story. An infectious choice for fans of the team's previous titles. --Gillian Engberg

Publisher's Weekly Review

The clever collaborators behind The Gingerbread Man and Aunt Pitty Patty's Piggy offer another buoyant retelling in this tale within a tale. A teacher from yesteryear gathers her students around her to read to them a bookDwhich keen-eyed kids will recognize as the book in their own hands. It introduces Tricky Fox who brags to his brother that "I'm going to get me a fat pig!" Insisting that a fox could not possible carry such a critter, Brother Fox replies, "I'll eat my hat if you do!" The title character grows positivelyDand contagiouslyDgleeful as he tricks one and then another woman, so that it seems he just may accomplish his mission. Yet the next would-be victim of his pranks is a teacher (in fact, the very one seen on the opening page), and "Tricky Fox didn't know that teachers are not so easy to fool as regular humans are." Rendered in watercolor, black ink and gouache, McClintock's endearingly antique pictures add to the merriment, especially when the conniving fox winks at readers, drawing them into his joke. Cleverly paced repetition and an unexpected ending make this droll caper a winning choice. Ages 3-6. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-As they did in The Gingerbread Man (Scholastic, 1998), Aylesworth and McClintock have teamed up again, this time to create the wiliest of creatures in this version of "The Travels of a Fox." Acting on a bet he makes with Brother Fox, Tricky Fox vows to bring home a pig rather than a chicken for supper. He begs his way into homes, carrying a bag. When he goes to sleep, he tells the host to keep an eye on his bag, but not to look inside it. Knowing human nature, he figures that the homeowner will take a peek. During the night, he disposes of the contents of the bag and in the morning claims that something better was stolen. Of course, his hostess is embarrassed that this has happened in her own home and replaces whatever the fox claimed was in his sack. He pulls this con on several unsuspecting women until he meets up with a teacher, who sees through the ruse and puts her ferocious bulldog in his sack. What a surprise both Tricky and Brother Fox get when they open the bag at home. The romping good humor of the story is carried by the old-fashioned illustrations in sepia tones. Their size diversity-from small insets to full-page spread-moves the story to its conclusion. The tale is told by the teacher who finally unmasks the rascal. The expressions on Tricky and his unsuspecting victims are priceless.-Barbara Buckley, Rockville Centre Public Library, NY(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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