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Fox - Margaret Wild

Paperback Published: 1st February 2004
ISBN: 9781864489330
Number Of Pages: 40
For Ages: 9 - 12 years old

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Fox is a picture book in a class of its own. A compelling drama about friendship, loyalty, risk and betrayal, it's a story as rich for adults as for children. This handsome hardcover edition with cloth binding celebrates the tenth anniversary of its original publication.

Dog and Magpie are friends, but when Fox comes into the bush, everything changes.

This breathtaking story has won acclaim around the world: CBCA Picture Book ofthe Year; two Premiers' literary awards; honours in Germany, Brazil, Japan; a shortlisting for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in the UK, and more.

About The Author

Margaret Wild is one of Australia's best-known and best-loved authors for young people. She has published around 50 picture books for young children, and two verse novels for teenagers. Ron Brooks is an acclaimed illustrator of classic picture books, some of which have stayed in print for over 30 years.

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In this powerful story about friendship, betrayal and courage, the language is beautifully spare and the illustrations are vibrant and haunting. The text, written with scratchy pen, creates an edgy atmosphere... Brooks's images grow out of Wild's careful language, and are perfectly in tune. The position of the spidery text sets the pace and tone of the story, and there is a strong sense of place, with rich, vegetable-like colours. The paper's surface is streaked and gouged with brush lines, scratches, and finely etched drawings. The animals, though stylized, are also thoroughly real. -- Julia Eccleshare 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up The scratchy sideways text adds to the wild elemental feel of the book, with its breathtaking earthy palette. A one-eyed dog rescues a crippled bird; sitting astride his back as he runs she becomes his eyes and he her wings. But then Fox comes to join themm in their cave and fills it with a 'smell of rage and envy and loneliness'. A masterpiece. Sunday Telegraph Try it, discover a classic, for this is undoubtedly an exceptional masterpiece. School Librarian This is a memorable example of the picture-book form. Ground-breaking and courageous, it has been translated into many languages. Although it is not a 'fun' read, both children andadults will be drawn into this compelling tale of friendship, loyalty, risk and betrayal. Ibby Link

ISBN: 9781864489330
ISBN-10: 1864489332
Audience: Children
For Ages: 9 - 12 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 40
Published: 1st February 2004
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 26.3 x 27.9  x 0.5
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1

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Margaret Wild

About the Author


Margaret Wild was born in South Africa and came to Australia in 1972. She has been a journalist on newspapers and magazines, and she worked as a book editor in children's publishing for sixteen years, responsible for managing and commissioning a large range of titles. She lives in Sydney and now writes fulltime.

Margaret has written more than 70 books for children. Her books are published around the world and have won numerous awards.

Her books for Allen & Unwin include the two teenage novels, 'Jinx' and 'One Night', and most recently the picture book 'Ruby Roars'.

Margaret Wild has written more than seventy books and has been published around the world. Her numerous awards and distinctions include the Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award for Jenny Angel, illustrated by Anne Spudvilas; The Very Best of Friends, illustrated by Julie Vivas; and Fox, illustrated by Ron Brooks. In 2008 she received the Nan Chauncy Award for an outstanding contribution to children’s literature in Australia. A Bit of Company and Going Home, illustrated by Wayne Harris, were published in 2009 by Walker Books Australia as part of the Walker Classic series. Margaret Wild was the winner of the 2011 Lady Cutler Award.

Vampyre is a finalist in the 2012 Aurealis Awards in the CHILDREN’S FICTION (told primarily through pictures) category.

Visit Margaret Wild's Booktopia Author Page