Author(s): Mem Fox
Hattie, a large black hen, tries to warn the other animals on the farm that there is something or someone lurking behind the trees. The suspense is brilliantly built up in the illustrations by slowly revealing a fearsome fox that is waiting to pounce. Hattie and the Fox combines repetition and imagery to create a dramatic tale of a clever hen who saves herself and all her farm friends from a hungry fox.
About the Author: Mem Fox was born in Melbourne and grew up in Zimbabwe. Since the publication in 1983 of her first picture book, Possum Magic, she has written many other successful picture books, and is one of Australia’s best-loved authors for children. Mem travels extensively to promote books and literacy and writes for publishers in Australia and the USA. About the Illustrator: Patricia Mullins is one of Australia’s most revered award‑winning illustrators. Patricia used tissue paper collage to illustrate Hattie and the Fox. With over twenty years of experience in rocking horse restoration work, Patricia established Equus Art Pty Ltd, a company specialising in the fine restoration and conservation of carousel horses and rocking horses. www.equusart.com.