Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Fox 8 by George Saunders

Fox 8
by George Saunders

Published: 2013
Publisher: Random House
Genre: Short Story, Fantasy
Hardback: 48
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
Deer Reeder: First may I say, sorry for any werds I spel rong.

A darkly comic short story, a fable about the all too real impact that we humans have on the environment

Fox 8 has always been known as the daydreamer in his pack, the one his fellow foxes regarded with a knowing snort and a roll of the eyes. That is, until Fox 8 develops a unique skill: He teaches himself to speak “Yuman” by hiding in the bushes outside a house and listening to children’s bedtime stories. The power of language fuels his abundant curiosity about people—even after “danjer” arrives in the form of a new shopping mall that cuts off his food supply, sending Fox 8 on a harrowing quest to help save his pack.


My two-bits:
Although this short tale has a whimsical vibe with fox-speak that causes chuckles, it relays serious warnings.

The illustrations are spot on.
Imagination Designs
Images from: Lovelytocu