|About the Book|
KIP is a survival story about a fox living in an undeveloped area of woods and fields near a university campus just before it is all flattened to make way for a new basketball arena. Kip and his sister Onga escape the bulldozers but have no ideaMoreKIP is a survival story about a fox living in an undeveloped area of woods and fields near a university campus just before it is all flattened to make way for a new basketball arena. Kip and his sister Onga escape the bulldozers but have no idea where to go next. Together they journey across the campus, seeking safety and shelter where they can. Eventually, circumstances force them apart. Kip continues his journey alone in search of what he calls the “big space,” a wild place he has never seen but which his nose tells him exists somewhere far away--if only he can get there. Along the way he meets various people and animals, including Scorf, a curmudgeonly elder fox- Beat, a shaggy mutt who becomes his best friend- and Cindy Stepp, who helps heal him when he is hurt. His journey to the big space is fraught with peril and he does not survive it unscathed. In fact, to reach it he needs to sacrifice a vital part of his anatomy. How he came to lose his tail is the story Kip tells his nieces and nephews through the long hours of a summer’s night, as a crescent moon ascends, passes overhead, sets and makes way for a rising sun.KIP is a novel for the adventurous reader because Kip tells his story in a language he has invented for himself. He is not hard to understand but he takes some getting used to. Kip-speak is mostly English but with an idiosyncratic and very personal twist. Kip likes to use made-up words for common ones: stowy for story, twolegsies for people, bowzy for dog. He loves to put a y at the end of words: boysy, mousy, foxy. Sometimes he separates words that in English go together--all ways for always--or runs words together that are normally separated: allat once for all at once. The only rule Kip follows is that he can express himself any way he pleases. While telling his story he admits that he could talk the way everyone else does if he wanted to. Maybe so. But then he wouldnt be Kip.