My parents are on a redecorating/renovating kick, and they recently gave my sister and I a box of our old books to pick through. I came across Chanticleer and the Fox and snatched it up. I think it must have been my mom’s when she was a kid, because it didn’t stir up any warm fuzzy childhood memories for me (not to mention this copy was printed in 1958). Still, I was happy to claim it as my own because of the gorgeous illustrations!
It was illustrated by Barbara Cooney, who also illustrated (and wrote) Miss Rumphius. You’d never know it though, because Barbara used two completely different illustration styles for each book. While I prefer the story of Miss Rumphius, the illustrations in Chanticleer and the Fox appeal to me most. I love the uncluttered spreads with plenty of white space, and the limited color palette is right up my alley. I’m temped to cut out the pages and frame them!