DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
PUBLICATION: Penguin Random House Canada, July 6th, 2016
Ooko is a fox. An adorably illustrated fox in search of a friend to play with. Ooko has everything he needs, a home under a log, a stick to play with, leaves, rocks, but he still lacks a friend. He sets off in search for a friend but after looking high and low, and in holes and under a moose, he finds a furless, two-legged fox playing who may resemble a little girl to you and me. Debbie is scared of the fox so she quickly runs away. Apparently all of these furless, two-legged foxes are called Debbies. So Ooko is off to find his Debbie. He tries to resemble the animal that each Debbie is playing with to help garner their attention. By adding spots, pink fluffy hair, and big floppy ears, he finally does catch the attention of a Debbie who mistakes him for her "Ruthie". Life with this Debbie stinks!
Ooko learns valuable lessons in this story and so will your children. It does a great job at teaching the importance of being true to yourself regardless of the situation as well as the meaning of being a friend to those who don't have one. The illustrations are beautifully rendered in a very Scandinavian type style, resembling art you'd find at your local IKEA. Personally, I'm a sucker for this style of art.
Overall, this was a great read. Funny, engaging, and filled with valuable lessons for kids, don't pass this book up.