Reviews for Foxy in Love

Booklist Reviews 2014 January #1
Emily is making a Valentine's Day card and asks Foxy for help. As she lists all the things she loves, Foxy makes them magically appear, albiet with a few silly mistakes. But as the list lengthens, he is disappointed that she never mentions him. Finally, they both learn that Valentine's Day is about who--not what--you love. Foxy's return is delightful, and the illustrations of hearts, balloons, and stars seem to tumble off the pages as he creates everything Emily loves. Readers will not only laugh at the wordplay, but they will adore the playful relationship. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring
Foxy shakes his bushy tail to make the things Emily loves magically appear for her Valentine's Day card, but instead of balloons, flowers, and hearts, out pop raccoons, flour, and larks. When something is still missing, Foxy reminds Emily that the day is about who, not what, you love. The playful text and bright, boisterous illustrations celebrate the special love between friends.

Kirkus Reviews 2013 October #1
Foxy scampers onto the scene just in time to help Emily complete her special valentines in this holiday sequel (Foxy, 2012). Emily's looking for inspiration when Foxy slips in through the window to offer his assistance. He listens to his friend's thoughts on what she loves, and then, with a magical swish of his tail, he produces them for her. Only problem is, he often misunderstands what she says. Raccoons appear instead of balloons, larks and tarts but not hearts float about, and when Emily wishes for flowers, she finds herself covered in flour. Another sweep of Foxy's tail always sets things right, and Emily seems to delight in it all. The preschool set will giggle over these silly misunderstandings while noticing that Foxy continues to expect Emily to mention him as one of the things she loves most. Dodd digitally renders a charming Emily with an oversized head topped with curly red hair and simple black eyes. Foxy has a more cartoonish look, with big eyes, a contrasting small mouth and a dramatically oversized tail. Once Foxy has conjured up the many objects Emily loves, he gently explains, "Valentine's Day is not about what you loveā€¦.It's about who you love." Of course, Emily needs no help knowing who that is. The happy ending, though predictable, sweetly satisfies. (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2013 October #2

In this sequel to Foxy, curly-haired Emily wants to draw what she loves best of all on her valentine, but can't decide what that is. Her magical companion Foxy offers inspiration: by waving his tail, he makes some of her favorite objects appear, though he doesn't always get it quite right ("Those are raccoons, not balloons!"). When Foxy points out that Valentine's Day is about "who" not "what" you love, Emily knows right away who should be the centerpiece of her creation. Dodd tempers the earnest message with oodles of eye candy and abundant silliness in her playfully unkempt digital illustrations. Ages 4-8. (Dec.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2013 October

PreS-Gr 1--Foxy and his friend Emily return in this charming tale in which he uses his magic to help Emily make a Valentine's Day card for someone special. Foxy reminds the little girl about all of her favorite things, and she draws them on the card. These items range from balloons to hearts and to a garden of flowers. With a flick of his tail, Foxy makes everything she loves appear, and sometimes even things that she doesn't love, like larks and tarts instead of hearts. Children will delight in this whimsical story and its big, vibrant mixed-media drawings, and they will connect with Emily's love of her special friend, Foxy. The text is simple and flows easily throughout. A great addition for holiday collections.--Megan McGinnis, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY

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