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5.0 out of 5 stars Uniquely compelling
Simply put this is one of the best books for young children ever written. There is an element of bias to take into account in that statement, due to the fact that as a young lad I had the chance to meet the author at a school visit and went on to read all her books. But the fact that as a middle aged bloke I can still remember the story in detail, the way it made me...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Midnight Fox
I am Ahkeem, I'm in year 9 and I have read the book `The Midnight Fox' by Betsy Byars. I read it a few years ago at primary school.

The book is a children's book for 4-9 years old and Tom is the main character. He does not like his aunt Millie but he has to live with her while his parents are away. He loves the city but hates climbing trees but then he has a...
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE MIDNIGHT FOX, 26 Nov 2010
This review is from: The Midnight Fox (Faber Childrens Classics) (Paperback)
This book is very loved by all 3 of my boys...all read it at school and it has been the only thing on my 10 yr olds xmas list that hasnt changed. He has read it at school and as a library book so now its a stocking filler. It came within less than a week, immaculate condition, and I am looking forward to seeing my sons ace on Xmas morning...I wont hear a peep til boxing day.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Midnight Fox, 1 Nov 2012
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I am Ahkeem, I'm in year 9 and I have read the book `The Midnight Fox' by Betsy Byars. I read it a few years ago at primary school.

The book is a children's book for 4-9 years old and Tom is the main character. He does not like his aunt Millie but he has to live with her while his parents are away. He loves the city but hates climbing trees but then he has a new obsession with a black fox with green eyes (it is very rare) and it lives with its cubs and family in the forest. Then the summer is full of excitement for him. However, his uncle Fred decides to ruin the fun and decides to go after the fox...

The book was very interesting and entertaining but some parts are very boring. My favourite part is where uncle Fred goes and tries to find the fox and kill it. I would recommend it to anyone who is willing to read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Midnight Fox, 25 Sep 2010
This review is from: The Midnight Fox (Faber Childrens Classics) (Paperback)
I loved the innocence of this book. Tom's unfaultering optimism that life in its many forms should always be saved. The book captures a childhood that has long since disappeared in Britain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trainee teachers interpretation, 23 Aug 2010
This review is from: The Midnight Fox (Faber Childrens Classics) (Paperback)
Presentation
The Midnight Fox is a chapter book with 19 chapters of varied length. The chapters all are titled, some of which are called bad news, the trouble with leaving, abandoned, stranger, the black fox, etc. The book is 122 pages long. There are pencil line drawings, sometimes on one page or over two, in nearly every chapter. They depict what is happening in the book at the time. The illustration on the front cover is coloured and bright. It shows the midnight fox who is looking directly at the reader. The font in the book is simple and easy to read.

Organisational
The first paragraph of the book is written in the present tense. It is written in first person, by a boy called Tom. In the paragraph he is thinking about and remembering his time spent on a farm 5 years previously. The book then continues on from this paragraph, to discuss his time on the farm, which is the main storyline of the book. So the main part of the book is a flashback, which follows a simple structure and has a chronological order of events of Tom's time on the farm. Although this sounds complicated, it is actually a very simple structure for the book to follow, and the children would find it easy to understand the pattern of content.

Grammatical
The book is written in first person narrative, by the character Tom. It is written in the past tense, as the story is recalling what happened on the farm 5 years previously. Punctuation is simple and fits well with the writing. There are mainly longer compound sentences, with some simple and complex ones too. The book uses lots of commas to punctuate the sentences to slow the pace down.

Lexical
The vocabulary is simple for children to understand, and there are adjectives added where necessary to add description. There is not much use of metaphors or similes. The character of the fox is the only time in the book where the author chooses to use many descriptive words to detail the attractiveness of the fox. This allows the reader to create the picture of the fox vividly in their mind. I think this is a good use of description in the appropriate place as the fox is the main character and object of the book. Even the title uses the describing word midnight for the fox.

Patterns in Content and Structure
This book uses lots of dialogue between the characters, and narration from Tom. There are often narrations where Tom recollects times from the past, especially time spent with Petie.

Ideas/Themes
The book has a few sub-plots going on within the book. The main story is on the focus of Toms time spent on the farm, and his adventures with the midnight fox. There are also recollections of Petie and Toms friendship, this is a sub-plot.
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