These are three perfect short stories by the mistress of children's fiction, illustrated by the beautifully funny line drawings of Peter Benson. I suspect each was inspired by a child mishearing words to do with weather - Fog Hounds must have come from Fog Horns, and Sea Mice Seam ice. Each is about a child's involvement with magical creatures, and each is just short enough to encourage a child to read to him/herself, and compellingly told. The Fog Hounds are made out of fog, with burning copper eyes. They pursue wrong-doers, and choose a new king. A boy, Tad, falls in love with them and so sees the thief who has stolen the Royal Mint, a golden plant of great value, throw it into the village pond. Being unafraid of the misty hounds means he will become the new king...Aiken always lets children fill the gaps of her mysterious tales with their own imagination, while providing a satisfying story told in simple, sparkling prose. This, and Pullman's I Was A Rat, were the books that got my own children hooked on reading.
on 26 November 2012
As part of our Literacy work we have just finished reading an amazing book called the Fog Hounds, by Joan Aiken. This book is about a young boy called Tad and his older sister Ermina. In this story Tad and Ermina lived in a village where huge misty creatures called the Fog Hounds came raging through the village. Part way through the book a new strangly dressed character has been introduduced, his name is Doubleman. Doubleman has got a huge impact on Tad and his future. I recommend this book to a 8+ the reason is because it has vicious dangerous creatures and all the suspense.