Fox’s Garden

Fox's Garden by Princesse Camcam

by Princesse Camcam (Enchanted Lion, 2014)

It’s hot in Los Angeles. Like, super really really hot. That’s why this book is an especially welcome reprieve. A book with snow in it? Please. A book with cool blues and winter scenes? Yes.

This is Fox’s Garden.

It’s a lovely little book.

Fox's Garden by Princesse Camcam

A lone fox, stark red against the white forest. A house in the distance, swirling with the colors of home and twilight. Frightened grownups chase him away. A boy cloaked in red, watching and waiting and caring.  Fox's Garden by Princesse Camcam Fox's Garden by Princesse Camcam

This boy loves animals. They are in sketches, framed on his wall. They are in mobiles and stuffed friends, in bookshelves and toy chests.  Fox's Garden by Princesse Camcam

This fox, followed by her brood, leaves blossoms of kindness right back for the boy. It’s a tale of sharing and growth and unlikely accomplices. No words, all heart. Fox's Garden by Princesse Camcam

And the pictures. My French is un peu rusty, but according to Princesse Camcam’s blog, these have got to be cut paper illustrations, lit and photographed. They are intricate and textured, perfect layers for this story of a fox and his friend.

Remember when we talked about complementary colors setting the tone and mood? The rich red of the fox is set apart so dramatically from the snowy scene and the stark greenhouse. It’s a mood, and it’s a strong one. It’s so pretty, too. Fox's Garden by Princesse Camcam

Keep an eye on Enchanted Lion, folks. They are in the business of making beautiful books.

Be kind to a chased-away stranger today.

ch

Review copy provided by the publisher.

 

14 Comments

  • Posted September 2, 2014 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    Absolutely gorgeous! Gotta get. Thanks…

  • Posted September 2, 2014 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    Magical. Love the images!

  • Posted September 2, 2014 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    I love picture books about foxes. That’s my niche interest, apparently. :) Will find!

  • Posted September 2, 2014 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful!
    Thank you!

  • Posted September 2, 2014 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    What a gorgeous book! There is just something so magical about picture books set in winter. Love it!

  • Posted September 2, 2014 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    Oh, I love foxes! And the cut-out artwork is so neat, I’d love to add this to my son’s pb collection.

  • Posted September 2, 2014 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Love the cut-out art! Colors are dramatic and focused. Beautiful book – thanks for sharing.

  • mwinne2
    Posted September 2, 2014 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    What a seriously beautiful book. Can’t wait to see it up close. Thanks for sharing!

  • Posted September 3, 2014 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Oh, this is so my kind of book! Lovely fox, a story with kindness, beautiful and unique illustrations – I’ve been waiting excitedly for it to be available, just a few more days!

  • Posted September 5, 2014 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous!

  • Posted September 14, 2014 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Great blog dude, there’s something totally wonderful about the marriage of illustration and story in a children’s picture book and the variety here is lovely.

  • Posted September 16, 2014 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Wow!

  • Posted October 5, 2014 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    What a gorgeous book! I will definitely look for it. Thanks for taking us inside.

  • Posted May 11, 2015 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    thank you!!
    Princesse Camcam