Fox and the Jumping Contest

illus. by Corey R. Tabor. 32p. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. Oct. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062398741.
PreS-Gr 1—Fox is single-minded in his determination to win first prize in the upcoming jumping contest. While the other animals practice and drill, Fox is busy coming up with ways to give himself an unfair advantage. He tricks the judges with a homemade jet pack, painted to match his fur, that he straps to his back. The other contestants—Frog, Turtle, Elephant, Bear, and Rabbit—have their turns and demonstrate how to be a good sport and express their talents naturally. Fox jumps so high that he actually goes into orbit. Pair this hilarious picture book, featuring mixed-media illustrations, with other trickster tales, such as "The Fox and the Grapes." Both teach important lessons in captivating ways.
VERDICT A new storytime favorite, this is a winner hands down.

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