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I absolutely love this book. The illustrations are beautiful with so much colourful detail. The story is very poignant, we've all been stuck in places we don't want to be, trying to find the courage to change our situation. The Fox does just that and the story ends on a positive note, a lesson for us all. The story is told in verse, but not the simple baby verse of early readers. This is much more subtle rhyming, but it flows easily. My grandchildren ( ages 6-10) all enjoyed reading this book and have asked for it a few times. A book to be enjoyed on many levels and one for the bookshelf.
Chris Woolfenden, A LoveReading4Kids Ambassador
Watch Carol Malia read The Homesick Fox:
Illustrator of The Homesick Fox, Danielle Callaghan has created some fantastic colouring sheets. They can be found here.
See Andrew Greaves and Danielle Callaghan's interview with Hexamtv here:
Exquisitely illustrated by Danielle Callaghan, The Homesick Fox is a melancholy tale with an uplifting ending, exploring feelings of isolation and loneliness in an urban fox which has lost its way and yearns for its spiritual home: the countryside. At last the fox can bear his solitude no more, and without knowing where his paws will take him, sets off on a journey into the night.
David Greaves' poetic, multi-layered children's story evokes ‘the call of the wild’, a mysterious and wondrous thing: but The Homesick Fox will also appeal to adults working in the ‘Big Smoke’ and pining for the quietude and slower rhythms of country life.
In addition to our Lovereading4Kids expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
This is a beautiful book. The story-line may be simple but the sentiment is one that many will have shared at some stage in their lifetime. Full review
"Children will love this and they won't forget it either - the sign of a great story, well told and wonderfully illustrated" - Michael Morpurgo
|Publication date:||2nd April 2020|
|Publisher:||Stanage Press Ltd|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, Indie Author Books|
|Genres:||Animals, Personal Social Health Economic|
|Recommendations:||Indie Books We Love|
Born in Yorkshire in 1985, David Greaves' kindness and generosity of spirit, and his love of travel and adventure led him to make friends around the world with people from all walks of life. The stamina and strength of character demonstrated by David's achievements as an ultra-marathon runner and Iron Man triathlete were also shown by his determination to complete The Homesick Fox, and a considerable number of other stories for children while living with the cruel limitations imposed by Motor Neurone Disease (ALS), diagnosed shortly after David's thirtieth birthday in June 2015. In September 2015 David married the love of his life, ...More About David Greaves