A Pig, a Fox, and a Box by Jonathan Fenske is a great book for a reader who is just beginning to take off. One thing I especially like about the Puffin Young Readers books, of which A Pig, a Fox, and a Box is one, is the very detailed information in the book and on the website that lets parents know specifically what level this reader is. The are SO MANY leveled readers being published these days, and each publisher has their own idea of what "Level 1" means. Puffin Young Readers uses the Fountas & Pinnel leveling system, which can easily be compared to Lexile, AR, DRA or grade level. However, anyone who has a child who learned how to read knows that there are wide variations of abilities within a grade level. As a librarian, I always open a book, read a bit myself then have the student give it a go to determine appropriateness. However, knowing that A Pig, a Fox, and a Box is an "H," also helps me (after I consult my chart) to know who to give it to, and I appreciate that.
Besides the fact that A Pig, a Fox, and a Box is a straightforward, simple, rhyming book with solid picture clues, it is really FUNNY! Like, Looney Toons, Road Runner and Coyote funny! In Part One, we learn that Fox likes to play, which really means he likes to play jokes on Pig. However, things always go wrong for Fox. When he hides in a box, hoping to be a mysterious voice calling for Pig, Pig ends up sitting on the box while he tries to figure out what's going on.
Things get even worse when Fox uses an orange wig and a pile of rocks to mess with Pig . . . Part Three shows a bandaged Fox, done with playing. Fox and Pig head off, arm in arm. Hopefully Fox will change his game.
Source: Review Copy