Here’s a nutty piece of tomfoolery by New Yorker cartoonist Mike Twohy, published last year. Someday I’m going to collect picture books that focus on the relationship between foxes and chickens; I’ve seen a number of them just this year. This one is pretty funny and made Ray laugh out loud, the twist of the thing being that instead of capturing a chicken, the fox accidentally grabs a duck. This duck is smart, though, and manages to convince the fox that he is a dog and therefore must not be eaten.
It’s funny to watch the duck go through all the machinations of being a dog. He wags his tail. He barks. He pees on the carpet. He even licks the fox’s face and eats his sock. The desperation is palpable. I particularly like the moment when Fox, puzzled, thinks back to the time when his father said, “If it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.” (This page is sepia toned to resemble days gone by.)
Spoiler alert: Duck gets away with it. And Fox realizes he was fooled when he spots an EGG in the corner of his living room after Duck has gone home. The humanity! ABZ