The Fox Fires are a gate between our world and the land of the dead, allowing souls to visit their loved ones.
But suddenly, the Fox Fires disappear.
A young raccoon dog named Raate heads north to find out what’s happened to Repo, the fire fox whose burning fur is said to make the Fox Fires appear in the sky. On her journey, Raate encounters all manner of creatures, and also finds new friends.
40 pages of original illustrations by Emilia Ojala
20 pages of activities to dive into the lore of Fox Fires
Emilia Ojala, also known as “Pipilia”, hails from the small, cold country of Finland. A self-taught artist with a degree in graphic design, Emilia had always dreamed of writing and illustrating folk stories (while also owning many pets, of course!). Her passion for storytelling, art, and animation led her to develop her own stories at a very young age. Even back then her stories centered around animals, typically the adventures of her family pets.
The small, Finnish towns she grew up in, with their close proximity to the fields and forests, provided Emilia with many opportunities to spend ample time in nature. These experiences have driven her creative process for tales about what might happen within nature when people aren’t around to see it.
A fan of folklore and mythology, it was while Emilia was reading Finnish tales one afternoon she was inspired to create Fox Fires. Since Finnish myths are somewhat lesser known she felt Fox Fires could be a wonderful opportunity to open them up to the rest of the world.
Publisher: Rocketship Entertainment (August 2, 2022)