Why do some songs make you happy and others make you sad? Do islands like being alone? And what’s the best way to find a friend you can talk to?
What happens: Marco the fox has a lot of questions. They’re not your average fox questions and he’s having trouble getting answers. When the antlered ship shows up on the shores near his home, Marco hopes this will be a way to get answers. Deer, pigeons, and Marco embark on a great adventure to a wonderful island. Those aboard soon find out that some journeys are more complicated than you expect and that the journey is, in fact, the destination.
The good: Our main character, Marco the fox, is weird and wonderful. He will appeal to any child who has ever felt a little out of step in their lives (aka, me as a child). His questions are so beautiful that Dashka could have just overlaid the illustrations with the one liners and I still would have loved the book.
Let’s talk about the illustrations–they’re gorgeous! I’m not sure if I love Marco’s questions or the illustrations more. This is one of those books that could also have been wordless and been great. It’s a one-two punch. What I especially love about the illustrations is the way in which they bring so much character and emotion to the characters. As much as I love animals, I often find it difficult to connect with complex animal characters in books (which is why I still haven’t read Redwall, in case you’re wondering). These animals, however, are so expertly drawn and expressive that it’s impossible not to get sucked in and identify with them.
The not so good: There’s nothing that I didn’t love about this book.
Rating: 5/5 stars!