Foxy in Love

Common Sense Media says

Girl learns meaning of Valentine's Day in funny fox tale.





What parents need to know

Educational value

Explores the tradition of making Valentine's Day cards. 

Positive messages

Valentine's Day isn't about what you love -- it's about whom you love. 

Positive role models

Emily is upbeat and imaginative. Foxy is helpful, even though he makes mistakes. The two have a sweet, loving relationship. 

Violence & scariness
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Foxy in Love is the sequel to Foxy, which introduced a little girl named Emily and her helpful fox friend who can make things appear with his magical tail. In this book, Emily learns that Valentine's Day isn't about what you love but whom you love. And Foxy, as in the first book, makes lots of funny mistakes as he conjures up things for Emily to draw.  

What's the story?

Emma wants to make a Valentine's Day card but is having trouble deciding what to draw on it. Her fox friend Foxy tells her to think hard. "What do you love best of all?" he asks, clearly hinting that she should think of him. Instead, she thinks of balloons, and when he tries to make balloons appear with a flick of his magical tail, raccoons appear instead, She says flowers, and he makes flour appear. She says hearts, and he produces larks and tarts. Finally Foxy explains, "Valentines' Day is not about what you love. It's about who you love." And he gets a big hug.

Is it any good?


Kids will love the funny back-and-forth in FOXY IN LOVE, as Foxy keeps making mistakes with his magic tail. The art is bright, bold, and funny, and little kids will enjoy feeling smarter than Foxy -- and also quicker than Emily, who keeps missing that Foxy wants her to name him as what she loves best.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Valentine's Day. Do you know why we send cards to friends and people we love? 

  • Why do you think people like love stories in books and movies? 

  • Try making your own Valentine's Day cards instead of buying them. What kinds of things would you draw on your cards? 

Book details

Author:Emma Dodd
Illustrator:Emma Dodd
Genre:Picture Book
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Friendship, Holidays, Wild animals
Book type:Fiction
Publication date:November 26, 2013
Number of pages:40
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 8
Read aloud:4 - 8
Read alone:6 - 8
Available on:Hardback

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