The Quiet Boat Ride and Other Stories (Fox & Chick #2)

by Sergio Ruzzier (Author)

The Quiet Boat Ride and Other Stories (Fox & Chick #2)
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Series: Fox & Chick

The second book in the lauded Fox & Chick series

Opposite personalities attract for these two unlikely friends: In the second book of this lauded series, Fox and Chick are off on three new adventures involving a boat ride, a mysterious box, and an early morning trip to see the sunrise. Despite the antics ensuing from their different personalities, the contradictory duo always manages to have fun together.

  • This early chapter book in comic-book form is perfect for emerging readers, while the sweet and funny characters and captivating art hold appeal for picture book audiences as well.
  • Inspires conversation about accepting and appreciating each other's differences.
  • Sergio Ruzzier is a Sendak Fellow whose work has been praised by the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, and the Society of Publication Designers.

Fans of the first book in the series, Fox & Chick: The Party and Other Stories, and Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggie books will love following the silly adventures of this dynamic, yet opposite, duo.

Sweet and funny characters and appealing art are the backdrop for an important lesson in appreciating the differences among friends.

  • Great read aloud book for family or elementary story time
  • Books for kids ages 5-8
  • Books for early and emergent readers

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School Library Journal

Starred Review

PreS-Gr 2--Fox and Chick are back in another endearing tale of friendship and adventure. Chick is the dynamo of the pair, quick to show emotion and blessed with a vivid imagination and sense of whimsy. Fox, on the other hand, is the anchor of the pair and serves as the voice of reason and logic. Despite their differences (or perhaps because of them), the two seem to find fun wherever they go. In the first chapter, Fox's quiet boat ride is transformed into an epic adventure by Chick's imagined sea monsters, pirates, and shipwrecks. Fox is patient throughout and is generally bemused by his friend's antics. The remaining chapters cover the angst that a chocolate cake initially causes, and the book ends with an amusing tale about the pair trying to catch a sunrise. The lovely illustrations are done in pen, ink, and watercolor with muted tones and Ruzzier is a master at capturing a wide-range of facial expressions. Told in comic-book panel format and divided into three chapters, this is a gentle read, full of subtle humor and curiosity. VERDICT A perfect choice for those who have graduated from new reader materials but aren't quite ready for lengthier chapter books. Highly recommend for purchase.-Amy Nolan, St. Joseph Public Library, MI

Copyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Sergio Ruzzier
Sergio Ruzzier is a Sendak Fellow who has written and illustrated many critically acclaimed children's books. Born in Milan, Italy, he now divides his time between Brooklyn, New York, and the Apennine Mountains in Italy.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
March 20, 2019
Fox & Chick
Age Range
5 - 8 years

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