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The Fox on the Swing

Evelina Daciutè (Author), Aušra Kiudulaite (Illustrated by)

Logo markA Thames & Hudson book


Winner of the 2019 Mildred L. Batchelder Award

A beautifully illustrated story for children about the nature of happiness

Learn about family, happiness, and friendship in this hope-filled children’s book. Our story starts with a boy named Paul, who lives in a cozy treehouse in a big city with his family. And then something unexpected happens—Paul befriends a wise, friendly fox on a walk home from the bakery. The fox gives Paul a space to think about what makes him happy and what friendship means—all in the pages of a bright and quirky storybook. Join Paul and the fox while helping young readers decide what makes them happy.

Book Details

  • Hardcover, Picture Book
  • June 2018
  • ISBN 978-0-500-65156-8
  • 10.6 × 10.2 in / 48 pages
  • Sales Territory: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

Endorsements & Reviews

“Enormously satisfying [and] wholly original…this Lithuanian import portrays the friendship developing between a boy and a fox (…reminiscent of The Little Prince). There is much to savor: the honesty of unspoken ruminations, challenging dialogue, and myriad unexpected details.” — Kirkus Reviews

“This sweet story of friendship will forever keep children hoping to find adventure.” — Midwest Book Review

“Fresh and unexpected… A parade of people, vehicles, and animals through Kiudulaite’s colorful digital collages contributes to the atmosphere of bouncy unpredictability.” — Publishers Weekly

“The outstanding writing in this book reflects a deep respect for childhood and the importance of adaptability and absurdity.” — 2019 Mildred L. Batchelder Award