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The Fox in the Dark Paperback – 2 Oct 2014
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As an author of novels, I had often thought of writing a children's book especially with my own kids in mind. for over a year I dreamed up a book that would have a wonderful underlying theme and moral yet be funny, light to read, full of cute animals, and more. I started developing a plot and even penned out my book. It was far too long, far too complex. The prose was OK but it needed work. It has sat on the shelf for nine months now.
Then, one evening as we watched our nightly CBeebies Bedtime story, my need to write a children's book was erased. A woman came on screen and proceeded to read Fox in the Dark complete with the kind of character voices we humble parents only dream of being able to pull off. The story was recorded and has been watched many a time since. It's a firm favourite with our kids.
The illustration is superb but it's the poetry, humour and plot that I can't get enough of. Green is clearly an accomplished poet and nothing about the prose feels contrived. The jokes are cleverly written in and I am mazed at how she has narration rhyming with dialogue. We (the whole family) adore all of the characters and even within the short space of the book feel like we know each one's personality. Even with their faults (afraid, abrupt, moody, weak-bladdered, etc), the are all endearing. This book potentially gets more reads than previous favourites by Donaldson in our household.
So thanks, Alison Green, for stopping me from writing a children's book that could never have hit the levels of brilliance that you have. To all prospective buyers, I highly recommend this one. They probably don't get better.
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Bought for my three year old grandson who loved it from the first read and is now a regular favourite.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
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This is my 3 year old's absolute favourite book, I couldn't even say how many times we've read it & he never tires of it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jasmine
This is a beautifully illustrated book and the story itself has a lovely, calming 'pitter-patter' to it that seems to settle my two year old at bedtime.Published 16 months ago by Tricia