by Stephen Wyllie
Thin Red Fox had nothing left to
eat. Then he had a crafty idea - and invited all his friends to dinner. But he
hadn't bargained for an uninvited guest...
DINNER WITH FOX has splendidly
intricate pop-up flaps to lift, tags to pull and letters to take out. On the
last page the reader helps to push Fox himself into the oven. It is a sadistic
story, a perfect Christmas present for five-to-seven-year-olds.
DINNER WITH FOX is ideal for the under-sevens. Every word is chosen with care, none is superfluous and the story is perfectly structured. It uses the basic material of many a fable: cunning thin red fox tricks white hen and brown hare into his house at dinner time. There are wicked pictures and pop-ups by Korky Paul - and it's VERY funny.
When Red Fox gets thin and hungry he invites White Hen and Brown Hare to dinner in DINNER WITH FOX. Since this is a pop-up with a full array of tabs, the reader can inspect red Fox's larder and cooking pots, and see White Hen being popped in. But when a now plump Red Fox invites Pink Pig over things do not go quite his way. This is a pop-up which has everything: the effects are fully integrated into the story, it is funny, and the text is eminently read-aloudable. One of my favourites.
THE BOOKSELLER 7 SEPT 90