Thursday, March 16, 2017

Picture Book Review: Argyle Fox by Marie Letourneau

I received a free temporary ecopy of this picture book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Argyle Fox
Author: Marie Letourneau
Publisher: Tanglewood
Publication Date: March 14, 2017
Length: 32 pages
Format: ebook
Source: Netgalley

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: Whoosh!

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.

My Thoughts:
Argyle Fox just wants to play outside but it's a very windy day. He refuses to listen to anybody's council and tries to build a house of cards but it blows away. He tries to play kick ball and pirates and pretend to be a spider in a web, but the tricky wind thwarts all his fun. Argyle is ready to give up but his mom encourages him to think of what else he could play on a windy day, and after a while he finally thinks of the perfect thing! 

Argyle Fox is the story of an adorably stubborn little fox who just wants to play, despite the weather. I love that Argyle uses his imagination so often and the story's little lesson about perseverance.

I especially loved the illustrations with their soft colors and fun details and textures. I adore these types of illustrations with their softly textured backgrounds. They always look so much more real than just brightly colored illustrations. There are many different types of trees, flowers, and animals with personalized and detailed clothing and homes. 

My toddler really enjoyed the animals and the wind's shenanigans. She counted out every bird and found all of the little bits of bright colors. This was a fun read perfect for little readers. 

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