About this book
In this memorable and beautifully illustrated story, a ranger comes across a fox caught in a trap. The ranger frees the fox and promises only to tend to its wounds. The fox recovers and remains curiously close to the ranger, and when unexpected twists occur, the fox ends up being the helper. The ranger asks the fox, “Does this make us even?” and almost immediately feels regret – keeping score has no place in friendship. And so the two continue their journey together.
In this second book in the Crow Stories trilogy, Nancy Vo explores themes of friendship and how meaningful bonds form when we can give and receive openly. Vo’s stunning, spare illustrations are a delight, and complement the journey of these two nuanced characters toward understanding and companionship.
About the Author
Nancy Vo was born in the prairies and ranged to the West Coast. As a child, she enjoyed stories featuring brave characters, but later realized a truth about herself: she was far less adventuresome and liked her creature comforts. So by day, she works as a facility planner. At ungodly hours in the night, she gets to draw characters who have grit. She enjoys good coffee and bad puns. She is the author and illustrator of The Outlaw and now The Ranger, the first two books in the Crow Stories trilogy. Nancy lives in Vancouver.
Awards and Praise
Praise for The Ranger:
Included in Kirkus Best Picture Books of 2019
Included in the Globe and Mail’s list of Ten not-to-be-missed Canadian picture books that will delight young readers
“A restrained text fuses with visually arresting and enigmatic interactions to open a welcoming space for contemplation.” — Kirkus, starred review
“The Ranger is a memorable and beautifully illustrated picture book story … an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections …” — Midwest Book Review
Praise for The Outlaw:
“Bewitching … Vo’s gorgeous black-and-white drawings repeat and invert, revealing a stark world of night and day and night. … The most magical part of the book, illustrating Vo’s innate sense of story, is the separate tale of a child’s naughty behavior that is followed by connection and kindness.” — New York Times
“Thoughtful readers are the audience for this stunning book, which will generate questions and conversation once the gorgeously created work is done.” — School Library Journal
“The dramatic illustrations are a perfect complement to the minimalist text. … an unusual and significant book for children and a welcome addition to all library collections.” — CM Magazine, starred review