Customer Review

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uniquely compelling, 15 Jan 2011
By 
This review is from: The Midnight Fox (Faber Childrens Classics) (Paperback)
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 feel and the love of reading it helped to instill, speaks volumes.

This is the best of Byars books. It has equal appeal to girls and boys - something that is fairly rare and difficult to achieve - and would be enjoyed by children across a wide age range. The language used is sensitive and vivid, with characters developed fully and in a way that we don't often see even in novels of fuller length. The story deals with the every day and the extra-ordinary, building up to a crescendo that has you on the edge of your seat. The ending simultaneously fills you with relief and melancholy and ensures that you go away thinking about what you have just read.

In an age when electronic distractions mean it is harder than ever to get children to sit down with a real book, 'The Midnight Fox' reminds us why it is more important than ever to do just that.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.7 out of 5 stars (15 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (12)
4 star:
 (2)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
Used & New from: £0.01
Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,825,235