“Felix The Fox is a yellow fox who wears square glasses and rocks odd socks!
Felix has been made to believe that this isn’t how foxes should be, but he desperately wants to fit in and be the same as everyone else.
It is not until he meets a bird with a broken wing and one blue eye that he realises how differences do not make him any less awesome!”
A little bit about the book
Felix the Fox and his Awesome Odd Socks is a wonderful tale of a fox who just wants to be like everyone else. He is plagued by self doubt, and laughed at by everyone around him. Sadly this is an all too common tale for children, and through this book, Katie aims to show them that being different is OK, and you should be proud of who you are and what you can achieve. With beautiful but simple illustrations, it is a great way for young children to learn about how their actions can affect others, but at the same time realise that no matter how different they may feel, they are all amazing in their own way.
What did we think?
I was delighted to be asked to review this new picture book about a fox who is finding his place in the world despite his differences. Told in a gentle manner with lovely illustrations, this book is perfect for any young children who enjoy picture books. Felix understanding that the colour of his coat and his unique style are a part of him, and finding pride in himself at the end of the story, is an important and relatable topic. As always, whilst I have an opinion, my two younger sons are keen to share their views as well:
Munch (aged 7)
“I think it is a really good book, and I think that it demonstrates why people should be kind. You are you, and everybody is different, and this book explains that nicely. I like the illustrations too, especially the small details like the hedgehogs.”
The Loud One (aged 5)
“It is a lovely book, I like it a lot. I liked it when Felix found the bird and they had a good chat. I like the pictures too.”
You can purchase a copy of Felix the Fox and his Awesome Odd Socks direct from the publisher – Beercott Books.
More about the author, Katie Dodd:
Katie is an ETSY shop owner and a mental health campaigner who is passionate about raising awareness on mental health issues and challenging stigma. She makes a lot of items around mental health and positivity with the aim to make people smile and through her campaigning she works hard to put together projects locally to create conversation around mental health and raise awareness which have been picked up by the media and shared via various platforms.
Katie has battled mental illness for most of her life and aims to offer hope and inspiration to others to show that things can get better and has spoken publicly about her own journey including on the Victoria Derbyshire Show, radio stations, as part of the Lloyds bank #GetTheInsideOut campaign and on her own social media channels, website and via her own memoir In Bloom Not Broken which is a book of her own journey through mental illness.
She is passionate about spreading a positive message to children that promotes self acceptance and acceptance of others regardless of differences and to introduce children to positive mental health from a young age.
N.B. Thank you to Beercott Books and Katie Dodd for gifting me a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. For more information please take a look at my disclosure policy.