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Mr. Badger and Mrs. Fox: A Hubbub

Mr. Badger and Mrs. Fox: A Hubbub

Brigitte Luciani
Illustrator:  Eve Tharlet 
Graphic Novel  Series
For ages 4 to 7
Lerner Books, 2010   ISBN: 978-0761356325

A year ago Mrs. Fox and her daughter Ginger found Mr. Badger’s burrow home by accident. They have been living with Mr. Badger and his three children ever since, and on the whole the grownups think that the arrangement has worked out well.

   Ginger is having a harder time adjusting. The badger boys, Bristle and Grub, like to argue a lot, and Mr. Badger has a lot of strict rules that Ginger isn’t crazy about. Why does he insist that she has to keep her room clean and tidy? She never had to do this when she lived alone with her mother. Why does her mother spend so much time taking care of baby Berry? Berry is someone else’s child. Surely Mrs. Fox should be spending her time with Ginger, who is her own child.

   When Mr. Fox comes home from one of his long trips, Ginger is delighted to spend the day with her father. When she gets home in the evening, Ginger sees her mother cuddling baby Berry. The sight hurts Ginger’s feelings so much that she runs off feeling very upset and alone.

   Adjusting to change is rarely easy, and when changes take place within a family, life can become confusing. In this second Mr. Badger and Mrs. Fox adventure, a wonderful story is paired with Eve Tharlet’s lovely graphic novel style artwork to give young readers a story that they will be able to identify with.