Published by Berbay Publishing
Summary: “The fox is one of the only wild creatures in the world that can successfully make a life for itself in cities.” One such fox goes under the name of Clive Prendergast (his real name can only be pronounced by other foxes). He lives in a one-room apartment and works in a factory, putting together the same two parts over and over without ever knowing what they’re for. Clive pretty much keeps to himself, but he does have one friend: Humphrey, a donkey who is faring less well in the city, with no fixed address or steady job. One day, Humphrey finds two tickets to the theater, and the friends get to enjoy the premiere of a play called Nobody Owns the Moon, including fancy hors d’oeuvres beforehand and free cake afterward. As the two of them walk home together, they look at the lights and hear the sounds of the city, declaring, “This is our town!” before hugging each other and parting ways. 32 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: Cute animal tale or stinging indictment of capitalism? One of the best decisions I made around the blog this year was to start reviewing more from small presses, which led me to some really original books like this one. This could be shared with preschoolers or used with much older kids/people to start what could be a very interesting discussion.
Cons: I simultaneously loved this book and was totally bummed out by it.