Fox Be Latent: James Marshall and the Easy Reader Tradition

Shannon Ozirny


The often overlooked easy reader genre offers some of the most enduring characters, and subtle authorial constructions, in children’s literature.  In his 9 Fox books, James Marshall plays a never-ending game of hide and seek with readers, in that every encounter with the texts consistently reveals something previously unnoticed.  This seeming bit of magic is due to the vast amount of latent or implicit content in the books.  An analysis of this latent content will follow a brief background of the Fox series and its hilarious mammalian protagonist.  An analysis of the series’ history, hero, and hidden gems will serve to finally articulate Marshall’s true contributions to the easy reader tradition.

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The Looking Glass: new perspectives on children's literature

ISBN 1551-5680