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Fox's New Coat

Illustrated by Penny Ives

Fox has bought a wonderful new coat. She thinks that it is perfect. But she is so busy showing it off that she doesn't notice that something strange is happening. By the time she gets home it has vanished.
What can have happened to Fox's New Coat?

"Fox's New Coat has that hard-to-define factor that will make it a stock item in every infants class's bookshelves ... A simple but ingenious tale that carries two- to six-year-olds with it as delighted co-conspirators."

Dinah Hall, THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

"An artful, witty story with just the right balance of surprise and reassuring repetition."

Nicholas Tucker, THE INDEPENDENT

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UK Hardcover • ISBN: 0670881856
UK Paperback • ISBN: 0140564764

 


This book is also available in a Swedish Hardcover edition entitled "Rävens nya kappa", translated by Anna-Lena Wästberg and published by Eldmor; ISBN: 9188262626



Illustration by Penny Ives


I have to admit that Fox is a little like me. I have a habit of finishing off other people's sentences. But, that's where the similarity ends. Like most men, I hate shopping for clothes!

When I first wrote this story, it had a very different ending. When Fox found out what had happened to her coat, she was angry not sad. "Honestly," she says, "you would have thought that someone would have told me!" Of course, her friends had tried to tell her. But in that version they are so fed up with her, they don't make her a new coat.

Although Penny Ives eventually illustrated the book, I had a crack at illustrating it myself using a montage technique that I was experimenting with which involved scanning plain fabric textures into the computer and then combining them with coloured patterns to create 'virtual textiles'. At the time I was doing this (1996) it was quite innovative as very few illustrators were working digitally, but such techniques have since become commonplace. You can see a sample spread of this digital artwork below.

This book is for
My Mum
& Dad


Fox's New Coat by Jonathan Emmett and Penny Ives has that hard-to-define factor that will make it a stock item in every infant class's bookshelves. It is the story of an impulse buy - a long knitted coat that Fox thinks is just "made for me". In fact it is far too long, and as the tale unravels so does the coat. So enthusiastic is she that every time an animal tries to break the truth to her, she-second guesses them. "'Your coat, Fox, I think it might have been...' 'It might have been made for me! I know!'" A simple but ingenious tale that carries two- to six-year-olds with it as delighted co-conspirators.

Dinah Hall, THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

Fox goes out shopping for a new coat. But on her way home, her new purchase slowly unravels leaving trailing threads on each page. This is an artful, witty story with just the right balance of surprise and reassuring repetition. Lovely illustrations by Penny Ives.
(Chosen as one of the "10 Best Books for Pre-Schoolers" and one of the Independent's "5O BEST" Children's Books)

Nicholas Tucker, THE INDEPENDENT

Brightly illustrated, this book pictures a dream-world where animals talk, dress in human clothes and remain perfectly friendly with each other. Such a vision of harmony between the various species is as old as stories about the Garden of Eden before the Fall, and is always particularly popular with small readers.

Nicholas Tucker, THE ROUGH GUIDE TO CHILDREN'S BOOKS (0-5)

If ever a book deserved the word 'charming', it is 'Fox's New Coat' by Jonathan Emmett. Ms Fox's new rainbow coat - and the story - gently unravel, accompanied by delicately detailed and funny illustrations from Penny Ives, which fit the mood exactly ... Not only charming, it is a down-right nice book for a bedtime story.

Caroline Franklin, NEWBURY WEEKLY NEWS

This is a really delightful story ... Penny Ives' illustrations are very sweet and all the animals are rather endearing. This is a nice gentle story which will be enjoyed by young children.

Miranda Warren, AMAZON.CO.UK

This humorous tale about the importance of friendship is ideal for children aged between three and six.

Jill Worth, HOME & FAMILY MAGAZINE