Fox and Chick don't always agree. But Fox and Chick are always friends. 💕
@sergioruzzier is back at it with his signature sly humor and warmth, capturing the adventures of these two seemingly opposite friends.
FOX + CHICK: THE PARTY, written & illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier | Publishing on Tuesday is this brilliant and funny beginning reader about a truly odd couple. 🦊+🐥 If you examine Sergio's recent work, I believe that you can see that he has been tending towards this kind of work for a few years now: beginning with Two Mice (an ingenious little book with very limited vocabulary that got cleverer each time you read it), continuing with This Is Not a Picture Book! (a sincere celebration of the joys and difficulties of learning to read), and finally ending up here, with the first in a new comic book/picture book series. A smidge more challenging than Mo Willems's Elephant & Piggie books and also written entirely in dialogue, Fox + Chick works well as an introduction to reading comic book-style panels and speech balloons. Included in the three short chapters are both full page spreads (which feel like part of a picture book) and pages broken up into the aforementioned panels, and this combination works really well for a beginning reader who still likes picture books but is not quite ready to transition to more text-heavy fare. It's funny, of course, and illustrated in Sergio's inimitable watercolor style (we're big fans of his landscapes especially, which we lovingly refer to as Italy in Space), and best of all, the first in a series. .
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While Fox+Chick 1 is about to reach the bookstores on April 17, I just finished the art for Fox+Chick 2. This will go on the back jacket.