Fox on the Loose! by Matthew Porter

Fox on the Loose!

Written by Matthew Porter
Illustrated by

RRP £8.99


Fox on the Loose! by Matthew Porter

This is a beautifully illustrated and imaginative story of a mischievous fox. Porter's signature art style is highly recognisable and much loved by kids and parents alike. It is suitable for children aged 0 to 3 years. This is a beautifully illustrated and imaginative animal-story board book from Seattle artist Matthew Porter, whose recent board book Tails Chasing Tails was featured in The New York Times Book Review. His signature art style is highly recognisable and much loved by kids, parents, librarians and booksellers. This is the story of a mischievous fox, who ambles into the barnyard intending to have a late night snack. But the baby chicks start cheeping loudly just as he is about to pounce! That wakes the goose, who wakes up sheep, and so on until even the dog wakes up barking.


Porter follows Tails Chasing Tails with another raucous board book, featuring a hungry and mischievous fox that sneaks into a farmyard one night. His presence doesn't go unnoticed, and in a noisy chain of events, animals sound the alarm: And the cheeps of the chicks wake up the goose, / Who cackles and honks at the fox on the loose. Porter's flattened illustrations, combined with the prominent horizontal graining of the wood he paints on, once again create a vibrant, folk art aesthetic. Chaotic nighttime shenanigans, bouncy rhymes, and a... er, whiff of scatological humor should make this one a readaloud hit.--Publishers WeeklyBig-eyed animals in vibrant colors washed over a background of visible wood grain give a hefty, interesting look to this rhyming tale of a hungry fox with designs on a farm's inhabitants. He creeps into the barnyard, but some chicks start to cheep, before one by one, each type of animal is awakened ( And the moos of the cow / wake up the goats, / Who bleat so loudly / they all suffer sore throats ). When it's the dog's turn, the terrified fox scurries away. The forward momentum is undeniably fun.--The New York Times Local author and illustrator Matthew Porter has rolled out another irresistible addition to your kids

. . .The vibrant illustrations accompanying this fun story make it a win-win for kids and parents. --Seattle's Child The true star here is Porter's child-friendly folk-art-like style that employs bold, black lines filled in with rich earth- and jewel-toned colors. The paintings are produced on what looks to be wood panels, a perfect texture for the farm setting.--Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Matthew Porteris a children's book illustrator and writer, who has published six books. Matthew and his wife Andrea owned Bluebottle Art Gallery in Seattle from 2002 to 2010 to highlight his famous Monkey World paintings. The gallery built a reputation for being at the forefront of the DIY indie art, craft and design movement. His artwork is sold on Etsy and at galleries and shops around the country. Matthew grew up in a village in East Sussex, England and now lives in Seattle.

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Board book
11 pages


Matthew Porter
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Sasquatch Books

Publication date

14th October 2014



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