A curious creature that looks like a fox but acts like a dog sets out to find where he belongs in this charming tale of self-discovery and friendship perfect for fans of Gaston and Not Quite Narwhal.
When Luca first arrives at the dog park, the other dogs turn him away. "You're not a dog," they say, "You're a fox." But . . . Luca likes to chase cats. He likes to yip at mailmen. And he likes sniff other dogs you-know-where. Still, Luca has to admit, he doesn't look like the other dogs. So . . . he must be a fox, right? But when Luca finds a trio of foxes in the forest and asks to join them, they don't think that Luca is a fox at all. After all, Luca acts just like a dog. Luca can't seem to find anyone quite like him, but then he meets a caring little girl and finds something even better--a friend. In this heartwarming tale, Karina Wolf and Chuck Groenick remind us that you don't need a label to find just where you belong.
"Wolf and Groenink take on the big issue of identity within the context of a gentle urban world, and readers will sense that the thoughtful, earnest protagonist's question--"Who am I?"--will lead to a wonderful answer: someone who is loved." --Publishers Weekly
"A warmhearted and warm-spirited story of love and acceptance." --Kirkus Reviews
Luca, an animal who has just arrived in the city, is convinced he's a dog: "I chase cats and yip at mailmen and sniff other dogs you-know-where." The dogs in the park, however, insist that he's a fox and will have nothing to do with him. He certainly looks like a fox; even Luca admits, "I have a pointy nose. And a brushy tail." But the local foxes aren't interested in him, either. Then, a girl decides to adopt Luca and calls him a "mystery dog," a mantle he proudly assumes, and all his anxieties melt away. Besides, from the window of his new home, he sees funny and endearing creatures who don't fit anyone's standard definition and are confident in their skins: "a woman with a neck like an ostrich... a boy who wore a gorilla suit." Wolf (The Insomniacs) and Groenink (William's Winter Nap) take on the big issue of identity within the context of a gentle urban world, and readers will sense that the thoughtful, earnest protagonist's question "Who am I?" will lead to a wonderful answer: someone who is loved. Ages 3 7.