Stone Cold Foxes

How To Find A Fox by Nilah Magruder. Feiwel and Friends, 2016. 9781250086563.

how-to-find-a-foxA determined-looking little girl tries to follow directions on how to find a fox so that she can take photos of it. Unnoticed, the fox has already found her, and follows her throughout. The best bit: when she takes a picture of a family of raccoons, the fox photobombs it after applying a bit of makeup.

After things don’t go according to plan, she wants to give up and go home. But she sticks with it. There are great “photos” of her and the fox at the end.

Pandora by Victoria Turnbull. Clarion Books, 2017. 9780544947337.

pandoraThat circle of blue-grey things around the fox on the cover? It’s garbage — I see a shoe, a joystick, a fast food container, and even a grenade in there — but at the spine it morphs into the strange vegetation that covers the back of the book.

Pandora lives alone, in a house on stilts in a garbage dump that stretches as far as the eye can see. She has an amazing home full of things she salvages and repairs, but no friends. Then one day a bird falls from the sky. She nurses it back to health.

Is this a post apocalyptic picture book? I think so, despite the lack of lonely robots, war boys, and deadly gameshows. And at the end (warning: minor spoiler) it offers hope as Pandora’s world transforms with friendship and an accompanying burst of color that wipes away the grey.

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