This is the story of a fox–a fox named Tom. A fox who couldn’t in his wildest dreams imagine what it would be like to stand up on two. To behold and experience all the wonders of the world of man. The lights that light up the ground: The hum of the engines that roar and the fervor that engulfs everyone in the impassioned pursuit of happiness. Could he understand that the most amazing part is not in what we built?
“Fox In The City” is the first book I’ve ever read that’s from a Fox’s perspective. The first part of the book was the most interesting to me since it goes through the daily struggles of being a wild animal left to his own devices. It was odd looking through that lense and I wish that part of the book was a bit longer. One, because I was really wrapped into it when it abruptly changed course and two because I’m just genuinely curious to see the author take it a bit further.
Tom meets Nora and she changes his life. Nora is a beautiful character and I loved everything about her. She was wise beyond her years and incredibly kind for all she had been through. It takes a special person to rise above hardship and thrive. Nora thrives and lightens the path of all around her. Her brutal honesty keeps Tom on his toes and gives him a thread to hold when all starts falling apart.
Tom’s introspection goes deep into what it means to be an animal but also what it means to be a human. Cabrera balances these sections well with his action scenes. One does not overwhelm the other and they exist in a nice harmony to keep the stories meaning as well as keep the reader engaged in the plot.
The only complaint I have about this book is it’s language is a bit choppy. Most of the story is very formal and it doesn’t flow the way it should. There was a time or two the choppy language pulled me from the story and damped my enthusiasm. I would like to see Cabrera do another edit and smooth out some of the unneeded words and replace them with conjuctions to allow the story to flow much more smoothly.
Other than my one complaint, I very much enjoyed the story and loved how it appeals to such a huge age group. 4 stars!
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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers’ Favorite
Fox in the City by Daniel Cabrera is an incredible and inspiring fable about a young kit’s journey towards discovering a purpose for its life. The normal day of a fox would be characterized by the same routine — it rises from the mud that fills its fox-hole, it stretches its sore body, and it prepares for a lousy day with the hope of getting something to eat, but this isn’t going to be the same routine for our protagonist. The fox finds something that actually lifts it out of a monotonous lifestyle without meaning, something that would give it a sense of purpose and fulfillment. But is it ready to make the difference by taking the not-before-travelled path?
I have read a few fables in my life, including Animal Farm by George Orwell, but it was such a delight reading Fox in the City. This is a refreshing story with great lessons for readers, a story that will speak strongly to the hearts of dreamers. In this book, the author explores the philosophy of daring and what happens when we have the courage to face our fears and step beyond the security of our comfort zone. The protagonist discovers this in an adventure that will take readers’ breath away. One of the things I loved about the book is the excellent prose, which draws the reader into the fox’s world with vivid descriptions and a strong narrative voice. The protagonist is well-imagined and its development will interest readers in many ways. It takes a lot of skill to create a story featuring compelling characters that readers can relate to, but it takes genius to write a fable that speaks straight to the heart of the reader, and Daniel Cabrera has just that. A very inspiring and entertaining story!