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100 Scope Notes Investigative Report: The Foxes of 2017

And we thought we saw some foxes in 2016.

My team of investigators have looked into the 2017 Fox Sitch¹ and hoo boy did they come up with some stuff.

Is the fox the children’s literature animal of 2016 and 2017? Is there another that will knock it off the pedestal²?



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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. In late summer 2013 I thought of a new picture book idea. It was to star a family of foxes. I set it aside because I had other book deadlines to tend to.
    In October “What does the fox say” hit the top of the music charts and kids *everywhere* knew the lyrics. It became such a huge hit that I knew my fox book would have lots of company by the time it came out. I switched my characters to a different animal. The book hasn’t sold yet — it’s not ready. As I knew would happen, foxes started to take over children’s literature last year (it takes time to write and sell a book, and then about two more years for it to be published). I think the trend will continue for another year or two. And then when the next big craze sweeps the nation (April the Giraffe?), another animal will be king for a few years.

  2. Danielle Jones says:

    Don’t forget the 2017 picture book All Ears, All Eyes by Richard Jackson. Also pretty foxy.