Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

Outfoxed

Twohy, Mike (Author/Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2013. 40 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9781442473928 (hardcover)
9781442473935 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, dialogue, point of view

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Clipped narrative and funny speech-bubble dialogue deliver this tale of thievery and trickery. The story begins with a manic explosion of events: Fox raids the henhouse, stuffs someone in his trench coat pocket and narrowly escapes the farm dogs. “What I go through for a chicken dinner!”

Cartoon drawings of loose, bold line convey the interplay between the thief and his dinner—not a chicken after all. One image shows Fox, long nose drooping in distaste as Duck desperately sniffs his leg, trying to pose as an inedible dog.

Expressive hand-lettered text is integrated into the illustrations, encouraging lively reading aloud. In one picture, the text arcs around the frantic motion-lines of Duck’s behind: “Duck wags tail like crazy.” In another, the word “BARKS” seems to quake with jagged edges, as Duck cries across the page in multicoloured marker effects, “BARK! BARK! QUACK, oops! BARK!”

After the return of the ‘dog,’ and twinges of regret (“I’m going to miss that little guy”), a freshly laid duck egg in the living room reveals Fox’s mistake. This giddy story ends with an image of Fox, squiggly lines of fury rising off his head.

  •  

    Discuss and define the term to outfox. Make predictions about the story based on the cover illustration and title.

  •  During the story, take turns reading the text in speech and thought bubbles with the appropriate expression and intonation.
  •  

    With a partner, create a tableau of a scene from the story. Have an audience guess which part of the story your tableau represents.

  •  

    Write a sequel for the story featuring Fox, Duck and the egg. Use the same style of illustrations and fonts as the book.

  •  

    On a picture walk, discuss what the duck seems to be doing. As the story is read aloud, compare your predictions to the text.

  •  

    Discuss the meaning of outfoxed.

  •  

    With a partner, retell the story using paper copies of the characters.

  •  As a group, create a sequel for the fox and the egg.
  • To communicate appropriately
  • To cooperate with others
  • Health and Well-Being