Up and Down: And Other Stories

Chronicle. (Fox & Chick: Bk. 4). Jul. 2022. 56p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781452183398.
K-Gr 3–Fox and Chick return in three new stories highlighting Chick’s humorous lack of self-awareness and Fox’s gentle encouragement. Chick panics atop a tree, seemingly unable to climb down; Chick impatiently counts each snowflake in anticipation of sledding; and Chick isn’t sure what to do with a book gifted by Fox. Ruzzier’s gentle palette, large panels, and spacious speech bubbles ensure early readers will be able to follow the text and sequence of events. The friends model good listening skills and kindness, with each animal speaking clearly and projecting warm smiles. Chick’s adorable antics will elicit giggles—for instance, building build a bookshelf for one book—but Fox makes sure Chick is never the butt of a joke.
VERDICT The fuzzy pair once more exhibit behavior to emulate as they resolve minor differences, withhold judgment, and meet each other where they are. Fans of the series will be as delighted as newcomers.

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