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Fox 8: A Story
Fox 8: A Story | George Saunders
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From the author of the instant New York Times bestseller Tenth of December comes a darkly comic short story, a fable about the all too real impact that we humans have on the environmentnow available for the first time as an eBook. Fox 8 has always been known as the daydreamer in his pack, the one his fellow foxes regarded with a knowing snort and a roll of the eyes. That is, until Fox 8 develops a unique skill: He teaches himself to speak Yuman by hiding in the bushes outside a house and listening to childrens bedtime stories. The power of language fuels his abundant curiosity about peopleeven after danjer arrives in the form of a new shopping mall that cuts off his food supply, sending Fox 8 on a harrowing quest to help save his pack. Told with his distinctive blend of humor and pathos, Fox 8 showcases the extraordinary imaginative talents of George Saunders, whom the New York Times called the writer for our time. Praise for George Saunders and Tenth of December The best book youll read this year . . . more moving and emotionally accessible than anything that has come before.The New York Times Magazine Saunders is a complete original, unlike anyone else.Dave Eggers Affecting [and] wincingly funny . . . Its no exaggeration to say that the short story master George Saunders helped change the trajectory of American fiction.The Wall Street Journal Subversive, hilarious, and emotionally piercing.Jennifer Egan Not since Twain has America produced a satirist this funny.Zadie Smith George Saunders makes the all-but-impossible look effortless. Were lucky to have him.Jonathan Franzen Tenth of December isnt just [Saunderss] most unexpected work yet; its also his best . . . as weird, scary, and devastating as America itself.NPR An astoundingly tuned voicegraceful, dark, authentic, and funnytelling just the kinds of stories we need to get us through these times.Thomas Pynchon The best short-story writer in English alive. Mary Karr
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TracyReadsBooks
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No one writes a better short story than George Saunders—his stories are sometimes shocking, sometimes profound, sometimes utterly ridiculous, always thought-provoking, & always full of wit, compassion, & humanity. In this fable about a fox who tries to save his pack from the construction of a mall & devastation of their habitat, Saunders looks at the intersection of man & nature from nature‘s POV—& what nature sees isn‘t so great. 💔Recommended.

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TracyReadsBooks
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It‘s an afternoon of chores and reading—there are definitely worse ways to spend a cold and rainy December 1st! It‘s a George Saunders short story for my next book. It‘s only 49 pages so I expect this will be a quick read.

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holarosarita
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Had this on my radar for #readharder2019 but had no idea it was so wee!

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Jari-chan
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This beautiful story goes straight to the heart. The art is simple but amazing and fits the text. A perfect autumn read with an important message.

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rmaclean4
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What a sweet novella! This is my first George Saunders.

ClairesReads Loved this 2mo
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rmaclean4
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I returned 2 books to the library unread because I am feeling overwhelmed by how many books I am reading currently. So what did I do?? Picked up 3 books!! At least 2 of these should be a fast read. I need to retire do I can get caught up on my TBR.

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Lcsmcat
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Quick read at the library this afternoon.

MelissaSue81 I loved this!! 3mo
Lcsmcat @MelissaSue81 It was cute, wasn‘t it ? 3mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Narrated by a fox who has taught himself the human language by listening to a human read bedtime stories to her children, the voice is endearing and funny. This creative short story conveys a plea for us human to be nicer and show greater kindness. An earnest and hopeful story with simple and sparse illustrations.

Cathythoughts Another fox 🦊 story. Sounds great. I also hope my parcel arrives soon 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm My local postal service is not the most efficient at times, it‘ll be here soon 🤞😍 @Cathythoughts 4mo
readordierachel Love that edition 😍 4mo
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RachelO
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A gold postbox (painted in gold medal winners‘ home towns after the 2012 Olympics) in Sherborne, to celebrate a good #bfc #bfcr2 week. Gold medals all round! #goteam

75100/63000 steps 🎉
2/2 workouts (inc C25K runs) 🎉
1x Sugar-free Wednesday (+most of Thursday) Ended when emergency plumbing situation required medicinal chocolate 🤫
0/1x 14:10 overnight fast
Parkrun - not yet!
1 book finished (total 2/8) Fox 8 & some picture bks.

RachelO
I‘m not really reading right now - not a problem, just not happening. I think @julesG has a name for this? (Wouldn‘t call it a bookslump - I know there are plenty of interesting books there when I want to finish them...).
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KathyWheeler You needed that chocolate! Great job! 5mo
cobwebmoth Nice job! 5mo
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TheSpineView Awesome! 5mo
julesG It's not a book slump. I don't really have a word for it. I just say I'm not in the mood. 😉 Great stats! You had a good week. 5mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A fantastic week! 🎉 And chocolate is essential for my mental wellbeing, so I highly approve. 👍🏻👍🏻 5mo
cewilf Great week!! Chocolate is sometimes just necessary 😉 5mo
Megabooks Fantastic job!! 🥳🥳🥳 5mo
LibrarianRyan What is the difference between stamped mail and franked mail? 5mo
sudi Awesome job 👏👏👏 5mo
RachelO @LibrarianRyan Stamped is ‘normal‘, buy a stamp, stick it on. Franked is cheaper for businesses/people putting bulk mail through- they‘ll get a franking machine, which can weigh letters and print a ‘stamp‘ and business details on. I guess they‘re invoiced for postage used. 5mo
LibrarianRyan @RachelO okay. We have that here. Buts all still just a stamp even if it‘s printed. Thanks. 5mo
Emilymdxn Great work on that exercise! So Many steps! Chocolate is an important part of life and it sounds like it was very necessary - I can‘t imagine getting so healthy I didn‘t have medicinal chocolate and I don‘t think I want to imagine that 5mo
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RachelO
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A letter to the Yumans, asking them to ‘be niser‘, from Fox 8 who learnt to speak Yuman by listening to bedtime stories thro an open window.

It‘s beautifully done, not what I was expecting - a tiny book, funny, sweet, dark & no happy endings. It‘s made me want to read more by George Saunders - he has an interesting take on the world.

Reading on the seawall would be lovely if it wasn‘t so windy. I‘m still finding sand in places sand shouldn‘t be!

squirrelbrain Ouch! 😬 We‘re heading to the seaside today... going on a steam train to Minehead.... 5mo
RachelO @squirrelbrain Oh fantastic! Have a wonderful time! I‘m sure the wind‘ll calm down for you. It‘s a gorgeous day for it 🚂 5mo
julesG @squirrelbrain Enjoy the steam train adventure. 5mo
jhod I loved this book!! 5mo
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laur89
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Fox 8 on “Yumans”:

”I woslike: ‘Why did the Curator do it so rong, making the groop with the gratest skils the meenest?‘”

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laur89
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At first glance, I thought this would be a quick, funny listen while prepping my TBR jar.

Instead, I found a humorous yet heartbreaking story, told from the POV of a fox who learned to speak “Yuman”, and has used this skill to seek an “eksplanashun” as to why people are so mean to his pack. “Danjer” arrives in the form of construction and evil people, which quickly turn Fox 8 from a day-dreamer filled with curiosity to a fearful and quaking Fox.

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Readaholics
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A fox learned to speak human and writes us a letter to let us know what destructive dicks we are.... 🦊 what does the fox say? A lot...❤️

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WanderingBookaneer
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📚: Fox 8 ❤️❤️❤️

🎥: The X-Files (Fox Mulder)

🎶: Rilo Kiley‘s “Portion for Foxes”

#ManicMonday

JoScho 💙🦊💙 7mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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I read this little book today, and although it's short, it definitely packs a punch. I picked it to fulfill a prompt, and I'm definitely glad I did. #BookRiotReadHarderChallenge2019: a book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point-of-view character

MelissaSue81 I loved this!! I made my 10 year old read it too. 7mo
ReadingRover I‘m obsessed with this book! I have it on audiobook and listening to it is so good because of the way he speaks. It‘s a bit intense though! (edited) 7mo
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Danzrlove
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I found this book in my library‘s NEW section. I was looking for a quick read while waiting for me book subscription. The book began comical by the end I was touched and in the end sad. I think it is a great commentary.

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ClairesReads
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YASS March was a significant improvement on Feb! Found my five star zone twice, stayed on track with #readharder2019 , read some quality work related reads, #indiebuddyreads was back on track after my disagreeable relationship with our Feb picks, and Tournament of Books delivered some lols. Fox 8, and The Arsonist were stars.

Redheadrambles Ah I perfect month for you. I am pleased the IBR is back on track plus you are a ToB Tipping winner !! 8mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles honestly it has been a blessed reading month. I am so delighted 8mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great reads! 📖💖 8mo
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HeatherBookNerd
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Oh George Saunders I love you so. This tiny book packs an emotional punch. He always manages to make me laugh and then surprises me with a somber nugget of truth. This little parable tells of the impact humans have on the environment and reminds us that it matters how we treat our fellow creatures on the planet.
#readharder #animalpointofview

ClairesReads This was such a great wee story 8mo
HeatherBookNerd @ClairesReads I didn‘t realize how tiny it was until I saw it in person. I loved it. 8mo
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inmegslibrary
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“If you want your Storys to end happy, try being niser.”

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shadowspeak17
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One got cut off, but all ten of my reads so far this year have been picks. 😄 I wonder how much longer the streak will last. 🤔

Crazeedi Keep it going!!😉 9mo
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rachelk
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Fox 8 is a modern fable told from the perspective of an endearing fox. Without moralizing, this short story (in a small book) makes us think about our environment, politics, immigration and how we treat each other. Humorous and bittersweet, I recommend ‘Fox 8‘ in book format in order to see the lovely illustrations and how the sweet way words are spelled. 🦊 ❤️

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ClairesReads
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Fox 8 is truly, a story of our time, and Saunders is at his absolute finest here. Fox 8 is a fable of the cruelty of humankind. In it, we are exceptional, creative, and powerful. But we are also, egotistic, selfish, unthinking, and cruel. It is a timely reminder that we are not all that inhabit this earth. Saunders writes with both humour and tenderness, constructing a story that is as confronting as it is entertaining.

TrishB Lovely review 💕 9mo
ClairesReads @TrishB thank you 🙏🏻 9mo
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ClairesReads
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Well- this is just A+ Saunders 🙏🏻😂

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eedevore
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A book with pictures is about all I have energy for this week. I‘m going to savor this one.

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OriginalCyn620
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great job! 📚💖 9mo
MallenNC You got a lot more read than I did! 9mo
OriginalCyn620 I find that hard to believe @MallenNC ... I know how fast you read! 😝 9mo
MallenNC @OriginalCyn620 I ended up finishing 6 this month but I just finished the last one at lunch. I wanted to be reading more than I was able to! 9mo
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OriginalCyn620
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This story! It‘s wonderful- funny, happy, sad (I *may* have teared up), and we see from a fox‘s perspective how we humans can be super cool and also how we can be massive tools. The takeaway is simple: be nice! Thank you so much @EmilyM for giving me this lovely short story!

MelissaSue81 In loved this so much!! 9mo
EmilyM @OriginalCyn620 You are so welcome! Glad you enjoyed it! 9mo
ReadingRover I listened to this on audiobook and loved it. 9mo
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DoonTheGoon
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I'm not crying, you're crying!

WanderingBookaneer This was so good. I‘m always in awe of authors who can pack so much in so few pages. 10mo
DoonTheGoon @WanderingBookaneer Same - the ability to create such a concise and meaningful story really shows an author's talent! 10mo
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MelissaSue81
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What a perfect little story!! Fox 8 is adorable and hilarious. The story is sad and funny and happy all in 48 pages. Loved this! 🦊 #readharderchallenge #animalaspointofviewcharacter

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MelissaSue81
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Oh em gee. This “book” is adorable and hilarious so far. “At which point he took a paws to lik his but. Wile I polite lee wated.”

saresmoore I thought it was pretty brilliant. 10mo
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MelissaSue81
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Bunch of holds came in so here is today‘s #libraryhaul. Going to read Fox 8 today for #readharderchallenge. And I think start Parkland after that.

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Coffeedaily
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Having lost his home to a mall, Fox 8 writes a heartfelt plea to Yumans. No, that wasn‘t an error. Ever curious Fox 8 learned English by peeking in the window of a Yuman family observing their home life and its similarities to fox life. His world is upturned when he witnesses the horrors of Yuman progress and so begins his cause. Adorable simple line drawings by Cardinal enhance the text. You will cheer for Fox 8.

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 10mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 10mo
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jhod
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The perfect short story for a commute! Loved this, definitely makes me want to read his other short stories. 5 stars and It's length meant I managed to sneak in book 8 before the end of the month!

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saresmoore
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Wow, this was excellent. Perfectly executed satire with lots of heart. I especially liked the spelling of “Curator” for Creator. Clever, unique, and refreshing.

#24in48

TrishB Colleague in work gave me s copy this week. She‘d ordered two by mistake! 10mo
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saresmoore
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So, I plan to do a bit of reading this weekend...

Hooray for #24in48, the one weekend a year that I have all to myself! Well, ideally. It hasn‘t happened yet...but I still have hope!

I have a nice mix of fiction & non-fiction, engrossing books & short books, and even a play. Yay! 🥳

readordierachel Yay, Fox 8! Enjoy! 10mo
LeahBergen Have you started that Bronte bio yet? 10mo
Moray_Reads Lovely selection. I hope you enjoy the Mere Wife ❤️ 10mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen I have! And oh my gosh, I‘m loving it. She‘s diligent in her cause of correcting the myriad misconceptions that have developed over the years (starting with Elizabeth Gaskell‘s bio of Charlotte) and she takes the whole family into account. 10mo
saresmoore @Moray_Reads I‘m sure I will! I was happy to spot it on the new books shelf at the library yesterday. There‘s a file of your recommendations just to the side in my consciousness, always on the ready for visits to bookshops and libraries. 😂 10mo
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Bookies
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Took a few minutes to finish this one today. A tiny book, really a bound short story. About 40 pages. Some have called it a novella. It is not. Cute and dark, a modern fable. The book is written by Fox 8 himself — a fox who can speak, read, and write “Yooman,” so it‘s almost written in dialect with a lot of phonetic spellings to translate. It was on the indie bestsellers lists for a while. Though part of me wants to stock it in the kids‘ section.

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Sara_Planz
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This little novella popped up in my new books today. Love George Saunders!

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Litlady
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A dark, cute and funny (short) tale about the good side of humans and wretched side as well. Anything with foxes on the cover or in the story line, I‘m sold! The day dreaming Fox 8 and I could be besties for sure! Five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Down side is I am having hip replacement surgery the end of the month but happy news is while I‘m off work due to limited mobility and post op I can read, read, read! Boo hip .. YAY books! 😊

MicheleinPhilly Oh blergh. Best wishes for a speedy recovery! 11mo
Litlady @MicheleinPhilly Thanks‼️ 11mo
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KarenUK
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A sad, funny little tale, yet so hopeful. Told from Fox 8‘s point of view, I quickly embraced his ‘interesting‘ spelling, and loved his innocent voice. The simple illustrations are lovely, and the ending was perfect. Also..... #humanssuck #yumanssuk 🦊💕

RachelO Awww. Stacked! Also paging @laurenbescoby - have you come across this one? 11mo
laurenbescoby @RachelO ah thank you! I haven't, shall be stacking 😊 11mo
MrBook Loved this one! 11mo
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shadowspeak17
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1. Definitely teleport. My friends and family all live far away from me, so teleportation would be super useful.
2. My first completed read of the year. 🦊❤️
3. No
4. I don‘t tend to binge watch anything.
5. 👍🏽

#friyayintro

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MidnightBookGirl
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Sweet, sad, and short. Will totally make you want to set up fox sanctuaries. Or maybe try to pass off a baby fox as a puppy so that the Hubs won't be all "no, you cannot adopt a wild animal just because you read a book about a cute, clever fox who learns how to speak Yuman. That's not how reality works." Sigh.

BookBabe I loved this one! ❤️ 11mo
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PagesByTheWater
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I can‘t believe I dropped $18 on this tiny thing! I love supporting Indie Bookstores but at what cost? Luckily my friend told me of a used bookstore near my house so I‘ll probably be frequenting there for books instead of dropping my whole paycheck at B&N and Indie Bookstores. Although I shouldn‘t be buying new books anyway, I have plenty to read!
#fox8 #indiebookstore #newbookbuy

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UrsulaMonarch
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Quite a delight, and for better or worse I found that its charm outweighed depressing aspects of the story.

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shadowspeak17
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
First book of 2019 done! Sweet, sad, hopeful, humorous at times, and cleverly written. This story was a great one to start the year with.

#booked2019 #newtoyouauthor
#catsoflitsy #Phoenix

Cinfhen Woohoo!!! Everyone is just rocking the challenge already 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 11mo
TiredLibrarian I have this checked out from the library; about to start reading it 😊 11mo
ErinSueMreads I just finished this one too! I loved it so much! 11mo
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jlondon1963
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First completed book for 2019. Mixed thoughts love the fable and concept just not sure of the childlike speak.

Bookies It is riten by a fox. A fox can not be expekted to nowe all the rools of gramer and speling. 10mo
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KathyWheeler
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This is so short that I feel guilty including it as part of my #24B42019 readathon, but it is a separate book, so I did. I liked it but it took me a minute to get past the deliberate misspellings. The story is told by a fox who has learned to speak Yuman (human) but hasn‘t learned to spell. It‘s touching and sad.

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DMC_run8
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Well that was an unexpected cry!

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BookBelle84
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The lesson alone at the end of this book makes it a #mustread for me. Very clever.

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I think my expectations for this book were a little too high and that‘s why it fell short for me. I was really hoping for similar vibes to Everyone‘s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too. It was definitely cute and I really appreciated the touches the author did to make it more wholesome like the grammar and spelling errors. But in the end, it wasn‘t what I wanted. I did enjoy the comments on human impacts on the environment though!
#mpls #twincities

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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Saunders‘s clever prose paired with Cardinal‘s elegant illustrations is quite a treat. Fox 8 is an adorably optimistic and naive little soul. He‘s eager to dream and learn even after a shocking experience with the “Yumans” he admired and hoped to mimic. This is a delightful little tale, but also a painful reminder that humans often suck. 🦊

RealBooks4ever 💜💜💜 11mo
LitLogophile Loved this 11mo
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 @BookBabe and I loved this little tale as well! We listened to it on audio and read along. 11mo
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britt_brooke @MrBook 💚💚💚 11mo
britt_brooke @LitLogophile 💚💚💚 11mo
JLaurenceCohen Love me some Saunders 11mo
BookBabe 😊❤️ 11mo
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britt_brooke
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I have sacrificed the body half of the #Lush Santa Bath Bomb (thanks again @Booksnchill !!) to the steaming hot bathtub. The bright red is a little disconcerting 🔪😆, but pairs very festively with my obnoxiously green nails. ❤️💚 Super excited to finally read this short story!

AlaMich Yeah, that water is...red alright. 😱 11mo
gradcat Yup, I have to say that though the red & green look festive for the season, there is a rather regrettable overall vision of you being, shall we say, done away with in a most gruesome fashion in your bathtub...just, that water really is RED! 😂😂 (edited) 11mo
britt_brooke @gradcat I know, it‘s kinda creeping me out! 😆😆 11mo
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whatsthEStorey Wow that is red! I had one that turned the water an unappealing yellow. Whose brilliant ideas are these? 🤨😂 11mo
britt_brooke @AlaMich 😵😆 11mo
britt_brooke @whatsthEStorey 😆 Good question! This is a Santa one so at least the color makes sense. Red year round would be awkward; yellow definitely would be, too. Seems like most of the ones I‘ve used have been shades of pinks or blues. 11mo
Tamra 😵 11mo
Booksnchill Very festive🤣🎅🎄❤️ 11mo
britt_brooke @Booksnchill 💚❤️ Have you read this story yet? It‘s so good. 11mo
Aimeesue Fox 8❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
Booksnchill @britt_brooke not yet- on the Christmas list! 11mo
britt_brooke @Aimeesue I loved it! 💚 11mo
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