Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Mr. Badger and Mrs. Fox: The Meeting

Mr. Badger and Mrs. Fox: The Meeting

Brigitte Luciani
Illustrator:  Eve Tharlet 
Graphic Novel  Series
For ages 4 to 7
Lerner, 2010   ISBN: 978-0761356257

One evening Mr. Badger, his sons, and his little daughter are eating their dinner when Mrs. Fox and her daughter Ginger pay a visit. The Foxes have been driven from their home by a hunter and they have nowhere to go. Being a very kind animal, Mr. Badger invites Mrs. Fox to spend the night. The next morning Mrs. Fox finds out that her home has been destroyed by the hunters. Mr. Badger then asks Mrs. Fox to come to live with him and his three children and she happily and gratefully accepts.

Though the two parents are happy with the new arrangement, Ginger and the badger brothers, Bristle and Grub, are not. In fact they bicker and argue constantly. The children decide that “badgers and foxes are not made to live together.” Though they cannot seem to agree on anything, the children do decide that they need to do something to convince their parents that living together is a very bad idea.

This delightful graphic novel is the first title in what promises to be very successful new series. With wonderfully expressive illustrations, and a story that conveys an important message about learning how to get along with others, this is a book that children will read again and again.