Fox Friend by Michael Morpurgo - Barrington Stoke Book 4

Michael Morpurgo is Reading Matters patron, so I felt it only fair that I review one of his several Barrington Stoke books next.

Fox Friend is a delightfully written, short book. Morpurgo is a master of his craft, and each sentence is a perfectly judged. As a result the emotions and atmosphere of the story based on a Devon farm are deeply felt, but the text is so easy to read.

There is a nice overview of the Morpurgo supported Farms for City Children charity, which adds another degree of realism to the book overall.

One of the main threats to the Fox Friend is a hunt, which dates the book a little, but the lovely story and dramatic ending more than make up for any such downsides.

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