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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Picture Corgi; New Ed edition (2 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552548774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552548779
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 0.4 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My first books were about teenage life and came from my own experiences and concerns - I was fourteen when I discovered the immense and liberating power of writing and it was my main stay during my largely unhappy teenage years. I wasn't that interested in writing at primary school - I wanted to be a footballer - but I always loved reading. I was a big fan of The Narnia books by C S Lewis, Michael Hardcastle's football stories and Enid Blyton's Famous Five series My favourite books of all were a Mannchester United Football Year Book from 1969 signed "To Alan from George Best" (my all-time hero) and Meriol Trevor's The King of the Castle that I came across quite by chance looking along a library shelf one day. These books are still my most treasured possessions and were the biggest inspiration to me to become a writer.

I've written nearly eighty books now and most of them started as stories I made up to entertain my three children and their friends. I've won a number of prizes, most recently The Royal Mail Award for Scottish Children's Books for the picture book Billy Monster's Daymare. I write lots of different styles of books and for a wide age-range - from teenage thrillers to picture books. I also write poetry for children and adults. I've written spooky books, science-fiction, school stories, funny stories, horror (but not much because it scares me!), thrillers, football... Writing different styles of story about all sorts of different subjects keeps me on my toes and helps to entertain me. That's the first rule of being a writer: you have to entertain yourself - otherwise how can you hope to entertain anyone else?

My work was featured in the BBC series English Express, which won a Children's Bafta Award. I also appeared in two programmes in the award-winning Let's Write A Story series. I am a National Reading Campaign Reading Champion and a frequent visitor to schools, libraries and festivals around the UK and abroad where I give talks and readings and run writing workshops. I am a member of NAWE and The Society of Authors. I used to do all my writing in a garden shed, but I moved to Brighton in January 2010 and had to leave my shed behind. Maybe I'll find a beach hut to scribble in...


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"Moving to the point where younger children may be upset, but explains death gently. 10/10" (Daily Mirror 2005-10-27)

"A delicate subject touchingly and sensitively handled. You'll need a hanky" (Primary Times 2004-10-11)

"Many small children will be faced with the death of someone they love and this charming picture story might help them to come to terms with it" (Northern Echo 2005-01-01)

"It is an enjoyable tale and I think young children will like it and might gain some insight into grief and how to cope with it" (Bereavement Care 2008-06-01)

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A beautiful, moving and reassuring book on the theme of bereavement.

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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful By M. James on 9 July 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is an excellent book. I came across it in my school when it was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award a few years ago. The story of how the animals cope with the death of Fox is gently told and would be good for all children to read, but especially those who have lost a loved one. The illustrations are beautiful and the story's ending is uplifting, although I must confess that I cannot read it or tell anyone about it without crying (a little embarrassing infront of your pupils, but there you go). Highly recommended, but if you are soppy like me buy a pack of tissues with it.
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84 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor(Sun, Kuei-Chu) on 20 Mar 2004
Format: Hardcover
¡§Otter, Mole, Fox and Hare lived together in a house in the woods.¡¨ In their family, Fox always played a wise role. As far as the others of this family were concerned, Fox was the father of the house. But one day, Fox died in the woods. His family was very sad, they felt totally lost without Fox. The worst thing was that they didn't want to do anything except think about their sorrow. But then Squirrel came to visit them and reminded them of the funny things Fox had done, and finally they all understood that Fox will always be in their hearts and memories and all of the memories will last forever.
Charming and exquisite pictures will make you feel deeply impressed with this book. Most drawings appear in double-page spreads, they are detailed and transmit the deeply emotional aura of this story. Since I have bought this book, I can hardly put it down. This is the first time¡FI feel a strong impulse to learn how to illustrate children's picture books.
Fluent text and a moving story make this book my favorite of any I have read recently. At the beginning the author uses metaphor, which is extremely appropriate to symbolize that Fox will die soon. Nevertheless, in this work the most striking sentence is the words that Squirrel said ¡§But life has to go on.¡¨ Especially the way she remembered some of the amusing things Fox had done in the past to comfort and encourage her friends. Although the theme of this story is somewhat sad, children can learn to come to terms with bereavement and face the loss of close relatives in human life. It is a good way for children to realize that no matter how sad they are, life has to go on after all.
This is a thoughtful as well as a very heartwarming story, which all children should enjoy. Well worth treasuring and reading.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. H. E. Grayston on 14 Jan 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for my 3 children, aged 5,3 and 1 when my dad died suddenly. It explains death in a very gentle child friendly way, and encourages children to remember happy things about those that have died, not just sad things. The ilustrations are beautiful.

My children adore the book still, and if we're feeling a bit sad, or just remembering grandad we sit and read it, rarely with dry eyes! I now recommend it to al my friends who are struggling explaining death to young children.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazing Ray on 3 Mar 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a beautiful book dealing with the death of someone very close. The illustrations are classic Debi Gliori (gorgeous) and the text is simple and poignant. My five year old son loves it and this is a boy who is fed up of books dealing with 'feelings','loss' and 'death' after his daddy having died recently..It deals with all of that without mentioning the words themselves once... it's pure genius and a real keepsake. My extended family and I (young and old) all love it!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. Haw on 13 May 2009
Format: Paperback
A beautiful story, which has given my son comfort in the fact that we never forget the ones we love, even when they die. We love them always and forever - love never ends!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Taylor on 13 Jun 2009
Format: Paperback
This book was for a friends daughter who was taking the death of her grandmother who had been seriously ill for some time, rather difficultly. She was having nightmares and was worrying about other, healthy, family members dying. The book is ideal for pre school children and is very sensitive. Its easy for the child to understand. Doesnt talk about religion or people becoming stars etc after they pass. It encouraged my friends daughter to remember the happy times with her grandmother and not to ponder on the fact she wouldnt see her gran again.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Spennewyn TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 July 2011
Format: Paperback
We stumbled across this book, don't remember where, don't recall when.
This coupled with the "Mog goes to Heaven" book make for a well rounded introduction to death of a loved one or animal.

To Be honest (re "Always & Forever") simply writing this chokes me up somewhat, it's a powerful book which has us laughing through the tears come the end of the book.

The illustrations woven & coupled with the seasons, not to mention foxy's hat & stick make for a powerful delivery & release of emotions in a positive manner.

It's ok to grieve for a loved one or pet, as I am teaching my daughter now, ..I wish i'd had access to this book as a child, my outlook may have been so different, (I bottle things / emotions up, ..not healthy).

We first purchased Mog, when our cat suddenly died at a healthy 16 to help our then 4yr old, it needed following up & thus we came across "Always & Forever" ..it's a hit, both as a story & a learning tool / coping mechanism to further understanding.
..it certainly helped me as a 38 yr old too, nothing like sitting on the bed & sharing a few tears & laugter, reminiscing rather than burying emotions & thoughts.
It makes for regular reading, we have a house full of pets, we are older parents to a single child, who we wish to live in the real world, after all theres every chance she will deal her own parents deaths without the aid of many / any relatives.
So effective was this book that when we had to put our next animal down (a 12yr old boxer), our daughter felt strong enough emotionally to participate throughout at the vets as we walked our "old man" in & sat on the floor with him to "see him out" amidst cuddles.
He was a member of our family after all.
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