This is the second Mr. Badger and Mrs. Fox graphic novel. This title was orignally printed in France in 2007. The US edition is from 2010 with Edward Gauvin providing translation. I love the cover. It gives a taste of a traditional storybook cover, but one corner reveals the comic panels underneath. The artwork is delightfully charming.
Young animals in this graphic novel come up with some interesting insults: snot-snout, slug brain & skunk fart. It turns out that the two young badgers are teaching Ginger, the young fox, to argue. I’d love to have the clubhouse these three woodland creature kidlets have. Way cooler than the one I had in an empty lot in fifth grade.
Best line ever: “You’re mixing up mean and strict.” Kids have a lot of trouble differentiating those two.
Three animals sneak out at night to work on the clubhouse. The journey was interrupted by one tiny badger, one owl and one parent fox. Ginger’s dad has arrived for a visit. The middle of this book could be an interesting discussion point for kids in families that are breaking apart. Ginger can’t handle it when the youngest badger calls Ginger’s mother Mom.
A boy clad in winter gear climbs up on a soap box to should at kids in the snow: “DO NOT BUILD A FRANKENSTEIN.” He explains how Frankensteins get annoying fast–they break toys, push too hard, and never stop. The only escape is to move away, but even that might not solve the problem.
As a librarian, I love that one of the steps in building Frankenstein depicted in the book was research with books.
The boy’s desperate earnestness in expression in the illustrations made me smile. The style of Do Not Build a Frankenstein reminds me a bit of the Click, Clack Moo series.
B.B. Wolf, the wolf formerly known as Big Bad, is asked into the library to share his version of the The Three Little Pigs. He didn’t count on just who might turn up in the audience. Fans of Disney’s Three Little Pigs cartoon will love B.B.’s ring tone. Other retired villains attempt to give advice on telling the tale where B.B. was not the hero. Pinnochio, a pig, and a little engine all have their word’s to add to B.B.’s tale.
The library in this book has some very interesting organization: non-fiction, fiction, and total fiction. If Gingerbread Boy calls B.B.’s tale ‘a cooked-up, half-baked tale’, which of the three library categories should it go in?
B.B. cannot bring himself to speak his apology, but he finds a way (picture shows him on his knees). Villains have very interesting construction methods according to these pictures.
I first encountered this book at a Peggy Sharp conference I attented last month. She read part of the book and showed some illustration.
I love the details in the art work. For example, there are small books on the cover with titles like The 3 Lying Pigs, Little Red Rotten Hood, and Little Bo Creep.
Farmer, Dog, Pig, Chicken and Miss Cow are setting out to make a farm. Step one: build the barn. Second step: paint the barn. Pig claims mud is a color. The seed boxes are rather suspicious: corn, dog bones, jelly beans, candy corn, and pizza. Everyone thinks of more things to add to the farm, including lipstick for a scarecrow. They are all so busy creating, they almost forget the most important thing if they want this farm to grow-sky.
Bright cartoon artwork and a simple funny story make this a good book to share with young children. Children could be encouraged to design their dream farm with all sorts of crops and buildings (and scarecreatures).