A fox found a box

Ged Adamson

Book - 2019

When a little fox finds a radio, he shares the songs and music with his animal friends, but after it goes quiet, the little fox begins to hear the music found in nature.

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Picture books
New York : Schwartz & Wade [2019]
First edition
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Main Author
Ged Adamson (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

A little red fox is pouncing through the snow, hoping to find something to eat, when he lands on something hard and un-snack-like. He digs up what adult readers, and perhaps some children, will recognize as a radio and sets about trying to figure out what it could be. Fox reaches out a paw to fiddle with its stick (antenna) and round things (dials), causing the mysterious box to begin playing music. The surrounding animals begin "to swish their tails, flap their wings, and move their feet" in their very first dance party. Listening to the box becomes a beloved daily pastime for the animals (there's no predator-prey dynamic here). Adamson utilizes snowy white backdrops for many scenes, keeping the adorably rendered animals front and center. On one double-page spread, they lounge around "the box" as it plays dreamy tunes, while on another, they rock out as it blares psychedelic guitars. An unexpected development interrupts their new routine, but Adamson delivers a sweet resolution that will have readers looking at the world with fresh eyes. Preschool-Grade 1. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In wintry watercolors and colored pencil drawings, Adamson (Douglas, You're a Genius!) tells the Zen-like story of a group of forest creatures who learn to listen deeply. While searching for food beneath the snow, Fox unearths a "box" (a little blue radio). At first, the object flummoxes Fox and the other creatures. They fiddle with the antenna and dials until, with a "click," the box begins to emit noises, which Adamson visualizes with music notes and colorful instruments. The animals "swish their tails, flap their wings, and move their feet," feeling by turns "dreamy," "sort of sad," and the urge to "ROCK OUT." When one day the radio stops playing, the critters mourn the singing box, then awaken to the sounds of the forest: "the whoosh-whoosh of the wind," "the gurgle-gurgle of the river." Before long, they're noticing and appreciating sights, smells, even the experience of catching snowflakes on their tongues. Adamson's joyful scenes emphasize the quiet contentment to be found in nature, issuing a call to pay attention, technology in hand or no. Ages 3–7. (Oct.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A gentle introduction to mindfulness depicts a little fox who ventures away from his broken radio into his woodland home, where he discovers the onomatopoeic music of nature. By the creator of Douglas, You Need Glasses! Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When his radio breaks, a little fox finds that the forest is filled with its own rhythm and music--drip drops and chirp chirps--in this picture book that gently introduces the concept of mindfulness.A little fox is digging for food when--OUCH! What is that?--the fox finds a box! When the fox brings the box home to his animal friends--and turns a funny-looking knob--the box starts to sing, and music fills the forest. Everyone agrees that it feels nice. Day and night, they listen to the box's songs, until, one day, it goes quiet. No matter what they try, they just can't get the box to sing again. The animals stop swishing their tails and flapping their wings.... But, in the silence, the fox hears the drip-drop rhythm of melting icicles and the thump thump of a beaver's tail and comes to realize music is everywhere. The noises of the forest and the animals build into a symphony, until, eventually, everyone joins together in a joyous dance party. From the author of fan favorite Douglas, You Need Glasses!, here is a wonderful celebration of music--and appreciating the little things that have surrounded you all along.