Ooko by Esme Shapiro

Book: Ooko
Version: Kobo Ebook
Author: Esme Shapiro
Publisher: Tundra Books
Release Date: July 5, 2016
Genre: Children’s Books


Ooko has everything a fox could want: a stick, a leaf and a rock. Well, almost everything . . . Ooko wants someone to play with too! The foxes in town always seem to be playing with their two-legged friends, the Debbies. Maybe if he tries to look like the other foxes, one of the Debbies will play with him too. But when Ooko finally finds his very own Debbie, things don’t turn out quite as he had expected! A quirky, funny, charmingly illustrated story about finding friendship and being true to yourself.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Have you ever had everything you should need but still felt like something was missing? That’s how Ooko felt. He had everything a fox could need, except a playmate. So he went searching.

This book is adorable. The tone is friendly and has a lilting rhythm. Ooko is a cute little fox who just wants a friend to play with and goes on a little adventure to discover what that might look like. Ooko even tries to be something other than what he is.

The story moves along at a good pace, not too fast and not too slow. Even in digital format, this book was lovely to read. The text and illustrations go so well together. I can imagine that in hard cover this book will be even more enjoyable to read and look at.

The story is sweet and the illustrations are too. They are beautiful, intricate, silly, colourful, and look wonderfully hand drawn. I found myself looking at every detail of every page, marvelling at the intricacy and the unique style.

This book is a delight.

And, to top off how wonderful this little book it, it is up for a Governor General’s Literary Award!


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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacts the content of my review.

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