Joy Lawn reviews a number of children's fiction titles

Animals and friends are a perennial subject in children’s literature, and the junior novels and series books reviewed here highlight those interests. Most of these titles, however, are also notable because they are told with humour, even whilst exposing the anxieties of children.

Fog a Dox (Magabala Books, $19.95 pb, 111 pp, 9781921248559) is a new novel for primary-aged children by esteemed Indigenous writer Bruce Pascoe. The intriguing title springs from fox cub Fog, one of three pups rescued by ‘tree feller’ Albert Cutts and reared by his dingo-cross dog, Brim. Fog’s vixen sisters leave when they are old enough to survive on their own, but Fog stays, balancing his fox instincts with learned dog behaviour; Albert describes him as a ‘dox’.

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Published in May 2013, no. 351
Joy Lawn

Joy Lawn

Joy Lawn is a freelance writer and reviewer for The Weekend Australian (where she writes the YA literature column) and Magpies magazine. Her work also appears in Books+Publishing, SMH, and The Age.

Joy judges several literary awards, and blogs about literary fiction, young adult and children's literature. She teaches at USQ (external).

She is fascinated by ideas and images and how authors and illustrators express these with truth and originality.

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