cover image Fox on the Job

Fox on the Job

James Marshall. Dial Books, $10.99 (48pp) ISBN 978-0-8037-0350-6

In a fast-paced and funny Easy-to-Read, Fox wrecks his bike while showing off and asks his mother for a new one. When she suggests that he get a job, Fox tries to oblige her, and in the succeeding chapters pursues a number of employment opportunities. In most occupations Fox seems a hopeless misfit. To a lady buying shoes he says of her feet, ""Those are the biggest!'' Hired as a ticket seller at the amusement park's haunted house, Fox is frightened and declares, ``That's no place for little kids! I quit!'' His next job is delivering pizza, which lasts until he mixes up a box of pizza with a box of pet mice. Finally he finds a job for which he's perfectly suited: bed testing (sleeping) in a store window. The drawings are zingy and sly; fans of Fox will take comfort in the idea that not everyone is cut out for hard labor, but that there are jobs for everyone. Ages 5-8. (April)