Saturday, August 16, 2014
Fox Eyes by Margaret Wise Brown and Garth Williams
"Whiskerchew," is the catchphrase in this retro picture book which made its debut in 1951. It is also the word uttered by the old fox as he goes about his daily activities and notices the hiding places of other woodland animals and their secret stashes of food. They are unnerved by the red fox and are panicked into departing from their daily routines. Author, Margaret Wise broom published over a hundred children's books and unfortunately for the literary world only lived to be forty-two. This little gem which introduced many a ninety-year old to reading is now sadly out of publication. The above Collins Picture Lions edition was published in 1980. Below is one of the beautiful illustrations by illustrator Garth Williams and you can see the fox spying through the rocks.