Fox Has a Problem

HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. (My First I Can Read). Aug. 2023. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780063277915; pap. $5.99. ISBN 9780063277922.
PreS-Gr 1–Everyone’s favorite fox is back, but this time Fox has a big problem: his kite is stuck in a tree! As the humorous illustrations suggest, this is not an isolated incident. Fortunately, Fox has no shortage of ideas to solve this conundrum. Unfortunately, these would-be solutions only create more problems for Fox and his forest friends, including flooding Bear’s cave with leaves and kites and blocking Rabbit from leaving his burrow. With tempers running high, Elephant proposes a resolution that leaves everyone happy and flying kites while enjoying each other’s company. The engaging text, which is ideal for new and emerging readers, features common sight words and repetitive phrases. Tabor’s signature pencil and watercolor illustrations are as charming as ever, with a cast of appealing characters engaged in comical antics.
VERDICT A welcome and valuable addition to any early reader collection, sure to be popular with fans of the series in addition to newcomers.

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