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The Fox Busters: Unabridged (Puffin audiobooks) Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 24 Sep 1998


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  • Audio Cassette: 2 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Children's Audiobooks (24 Sept. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140868038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140868036
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.7 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,749,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dick King-Smith was a Gloucestershire farmer until the age of 45, when he gave up farming to become a primary school teacher. Now a bestselling full-time author, his work has received many awards including a Bronze Medal for the Smarties Prize of 1997 for All Because of Jackson and the Children's Book Award in 1995 for Harriet's Hare. In 1992, he was also voted Children's Author of the Year. In 1995, his top-selling title The Sheep-Pig was developed into a box-office movie, BABE, introducing hundreds of thousands of youngsters to his work.

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Dick King-Smith served in the Grenadier Guards during the Second World War, and afterwards spent twenty years as a farmer in Gloucestershire, the county of his birth. Many of his stories are inspired by his farming experiences. Later he taught at a village primary school. His first book, The Fox Busters, was published in 1978. He wrote a great number of children's books, including The Sheep-Pig (winner of the Guardian Award and filmed as Babe), Harry's Mad, Noah's Brother, The Hodgeheg, Martin's Mice, Ace, The Cuckoo Child and Harriet's Hare (winner of the Children's Book Award in 1995). At the British Book Awards in 1991 he was voted Children's Author of the Year. In 2009 he was made OBE for services to children's literature. Dick King-Smith died in 2011 at the age of eighty-eight. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jon Mason on 8 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
I have 3 kids, and I read a lot of children's books. But I have never before seen fit to review one of them on Amazon...until now. This is the story of a flock of terrified fowl that rise up to beat their arch enemy - the foxes. I always think the sign of a great fantasy book is that it envelopes you in such a way that even ludicrous occurrences seem entirely possible. The final battle scene had me frantically turning the pages to see what would happen next - brilliant. Dick King-Smith writes with elegance I've rarely come across in a children's author before, perhaps even beating the great CS Lewis. As a result of his long, flowing sentences, my 6-year old found this book tough going though, even to listen to. Probably better read to a 8-9 year old, or perhaps for a 11-12 year old to tackle alone.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 May 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is an absolutley FANTASTIC book, you may superficially think it is all about chickens and foxes, but look again...
The three sisters, Ransom, Simms and Jeffries are "THE FOX-BUSTERS" and they will rid the farm of the long noses that have been the bane of their lives for so many years. An enjoyable book for all agegroups from 6year olds to parents reading it without their children, Smiths tale is full of all the best qualities, adventure daring and the obvious - good fighting evil. What more can you need from a book?
I personaly love the small extra facts that Smith uses such as "foul language" and "flock law" whic just make a whole experience worth more!
You'll find yourself reading it again and again...
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Format: Paperback
We have a great many Dick King Smith books in our school library, but up to now I had never read one. I was not interested in animal stories as a child and avoided the genre like the plague. Dick King Smith is probably the master of the anthropomorphic animal story so it is understandable that I would never have chosen to read him back in the day.

Although we have a lot of his books in the library, they do not get taken out very often, despite being very short, which the children like (as a rule), unless they are trying to impress their peers with the heaviest tome they can find. There are also a lot of children in our school who love animal stories. I wondered why Dick King Smith was not more popular, so I got The Fox Busters out and took it home to read this weekend.

I confess to not having enjoyed it much myself. I think the story isn't particularly well developed, and certainly towards the end it is incredibly rushed, as if the writer is in a hurry to finish. The last few chapters, which deal with the big battle between the chickens and the foxes were hugely disappointing to my mind.

The language of the books is very old fashioned. The story is witty, in its way, and there are some wonderful jokes, particularly with regard to the chickens' names, but these would appeal way more to an adult reader than a child reader. I wonder how many of the children in our school would find these things funny, or even realise they were jokes at all.

With this book in particular, I kept thinking about it in relation to Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl, which is similar in terms of basic plot although it pits the foxes against the farmers rather than the foxes against the chickens. Fantastic Mr.
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By Fox Buster on 25 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
This book was for my 8 year old son who had read the book at school and really enjoyed it. Although he's a very capable reader, he doesn't really read for pleasure so it came as a bit of a shock when he was keen to have a copy of this book for himself to read again at home.
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