Book Review: Argyle Fox

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Argyle Fox

Written and illustrated by Marie Letourneau

32 pages

Published by Tanglewood Press

Age range: Any age!

Summary: (from Goodreads)

Argyle Fox, with his signature style, wants to play outside on a springtime day, but the wind is wreaking havoc with his fun and games. As soon as he builds a card tower, climbs into a giant spider web, or takes up his pirate sword, here comes the wind: Woosh!

Mama Fox tells grumpy Argyle that if he thinks long enough, he will come up with something to do. Following his mother’s suggestion and inspired by her knitting, he works all the pieces of his day together and creates the perfect solution.

The story of Argyle teaches that failure is often a path to success and celebrates perseverance, creative thinking, and an old-fashioned springtime activity.

“I’m never playing in the wind ever, ever EVER again!”

“Perhaps if you think for a while, you will figure out something to play in the wind,”said Mama Fox.

A beautiful picture book with a charming message.
I particularly loved the style of the illustrations, with every page full of hidden details the longer you look.
I have a soft spot for foxes anyway, but really enjoyed the character of Argyle and the way his mother challenged him to find new activities, rather than just giving him an answer or attempting to entertain him. This is a really important message for children (and their parents) as so many of the children I work with now have every minute timetabled for them and struggle to entertain themselves. Yet, it is sometimes during a period of ‘boredom’ that creativity flourishes.

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I received an ebook review copy through Netgalley and, after reading, immediately went on Amazon to order my own real copy. Unfortunately, it’s quite pricey, but it is a beautiful book! I am now looking out for other releases from this author-illustrator and am trying to get my hands on a copy of The Mice of Bistrot des Sept Frères, which also looks brilliant.

Argyle stood in the meadow, waiting for the wind. His heart pounded with excitement. Would it work? Would he FINALLY be able to play in the wind?

What I liked: The message for children about creativity and perseverance, the detailed illustrations

Even better if: It became a series! I would love a sequel with more of Argyle’s adventures.

How you could use it in your classroom: To start a PSHE discussion about perseverance and dealing with boredom or perhaps to link with ‘outdoor learning’ – we have specific sessions a few times a term in my school where we do woodcraft, etc. This book could link nicely by suggesting some ideas, then having children come up with their own ideas for what they could do on a windy day, rainy day, etc.

(Thank you to Netgalley and Tanglewood Publishing for my free review copy)

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