Published by HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks on September 22, 2016
Genres: Children's, Fiction, Novella
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A delightful tale of victory against all odds from master storyteller, Michael Morpurgo, lavishly illustrated by Michael Foreman.
“Every fox in the whole town, in the whole country just about, is a football fan… And we all have an impossible dream.”
In a cosy den under a garden shed lives a family of foxes. They love to watch football – all foxes do. But their favourite team keeps losing and losing, and it seems like things will never look up.
That is, until Daddy Fox finds the ghost of a king, buried underneath a car park. A king who wishes only to be free.
“Release me,” says the Ghost King, “and I can do anything. Just tell me your greatest wish.”
For these football-loving foxes, might everything be about to change…?
The Fox And The Ghost King was a beautiful clever story that impeccably ties up two of the biggest stories of Leicester in 2016 – the finding of Richard III and winning the football.
Michael Morpurgo captures the imagination and in a short space of time creates a curiosity to find out more about foxes, Richard III and archaeology. And maybe, just maybe gain an interest in football? The possibilities are endless.
I personally loved the that archaeology and history were combined in this book. Especially as it gives younger readers an interest in something that previously they may not have been aware of.
A clever story, The Fox And The Ghost King shows that anything is possible. A heartfelt and captivating allure completes this small book.