The Hungry Fox: A Fable Told in Rhyme
. Chakib Azzaoui .
PZ8.2.A325Hu 2019 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Apparently this print-on-demand book has changed its cover once already in its two years of existence. Online information indicates a publishing date of 12/25/2018 and a cover featuring the fox alone and identifying Cole Adams as both writer and illustrator. This booklet itself has a copyright of 2019 and shows on its cover the fox in the midst of the many characters he will meet in here. The bibliographic information in the booklet describes this as Book 1 of The Hungry Fox Adventures. The artistry deals in heavily outlined two-dimensional figures without much individualization. The T of C is a map promising nine specific stops on the hungry fox's journey. Most clauses in the first chapter's verse are exactly one line long. In the journey, very long sentences -- not lines -- rhyme. Fox finds a good welcome with each animal but spoils it by his greed, laziness, or other vices. The most active illustration is on 22-23, when mother elephant tosses the deceitful fox away from her baby elephant's pail of milk. In the last episode, a kind owl offers the fox food and reviews with him the lessons he has learned. Each episode here is more of a fable in the traditional sense than is the episodic collection of them.