Crazy Like a Fox (Paperback)

A Simile Story

By Loreen Leedy

Holiday House, 9780823422487, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 15, 2009

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (9/1/2008)

List Price: 7.99*
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Rufus the fox is up to something-- find out why he's acting so crazy in this clever simile story.

All night, he's been sleeping like a log. When the sun rises, he feels as fresh as a daisy. In a story told entirely with similes, Rufus sneaks up and startles his friend Babette, and leads her on a wild chase through the woods. 

Perfect for teaching figurative language, this brightly-illustrated picture book includes the definition of a simile, as well as a brief introduction to idioms and cliches-- and examples on every page of different sayings and similes. 

Loreen Leedy's zany illustrations depic the figurative sayings in literal ways-- a wooden fox sleeping like a log, a yellow and black striped sheep who's as mad as a hornet-- to bring home the meanings of the expressions.

Perfect for kids studying creative writing, or English language learners who may not be familiar with common but less literal sayings, Crazy Like a Fox will make readers happy as a clam-- and help them incorporate similes into their own writing.

About the Author

Loreen Leedy has been writing and illustrating picture books since she was 25 years old. She is the author of numerous books for children, including 2 X 2=Boo, Seeing Symmetry, and Amazing Plant Powers: How Plants Fly, Fight, Hide, Hunt and Change the World. Her books have been ALA Notable books, Kirkus Reviews Best Books, and Booklist Editors Choices. Loreen lives in central Florida. Find her online at

Praise For Crazy Like a Fox: A Simile Story

* "As welcome as springtime to teachers, aspiring writers and any who appreciate wordplay."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"Vivid illustrations, filled with movement and wide-eyed creatures, will entertain readers. A pleasing addition to any collection."—School Library Journal