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The Adventures of Knox the Fox

by Ric DeMarco Illustrated by Vicki Shuck

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What rhymes with fox? A fun-loving fox starts his day with his best friend, Robby the Robin. Through a rhyming dialog, fox and his friends talk about his love of rocks and follow his adventures throughout the day. DeMarco creates a picture book filled with community and friendships. The illustrations are cheerful—filled with outdoor scenes, green grassy hills and trees. A variety of animals are shown in the background enjoying various activities from playing checkers to swimming in a pool. Overall, young children will enjoy the silly fox, his forest friends and exploring the outdoors. Children will discover adventures on each page.  

Local author, Ric DeMarco, discusses his new series and the writing process and shares a few highlights about the publishing Knox The Fox. How long did it take? Wanting to get the ball rolling, I self-published this first Knox The Fox. Ingram Publishing will be publishing the

next eight books. Writing, editing the story and creating the art took about two years. With me doing the art direction, it was an absolute joy to work with local artist and friend, Vicki Shuck. 

Why did you decide to write about a rhyming fox?

My wife Debbie and I were in Ketchum, Idaho for a week, and each morning we would take a hike. Every morning we would see this red fox lying on huge rocks. On the second day, I named him Knox. And each morning thereafter we would say, "Good morning Knox!" When we returned to Bend, I began writing the rhyming story of Knox The Fox. 

Will the series continue with a variety of animals in the background or will any of the background animals—bear, skunk, frog, etc. become friends with fox?

The series will continue with the fun cast of characters and colorful art. My hope is that the Knox series will continue to communicate the values of friendship, inclusivity and outdoor adventure. 

What was your favorite children's book growing up? All things Dr. Seuss. I love the crafty words and the wonky art. 

Profits from the sales of all Knox books and future merchandise will be given to support children's programs in Central Oregon, including Mountain Star Family Relief Nursery, Darkness to Light at the KIDS Center and The Alyce Hatch Center.  Be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming events at The Work House and local bookstores this spring or at www.knoxthefox.com.


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