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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.