on 9 April 2008
This fourth instalment sees a young cub wild in the "real world" for the first time after voluntarily segregating himself from his friends and his father, "the Farthing Wood fox", whose shadow continues to hang over him.
Impressively Dann manages to draw immediate focus to a single character and his few acquaintances after spending so much time on the huge Farthing Wood cast. He does so with grace and clarity, creating a story that presents itself with crystal clarity whilst prompting strong emotional responses in the reader. It's hard to believe that a fox's circumstances could illicit such powerful responses!
The protagonist is superbly draw and rounded in a way that I don't see even in most adult fiction. You'll be swept along in a wonderful, funny, and very sad story that has always been my favourite of the series.
on 29 October 2015
This book takes a slightly different approach to the rest of the series as it focuses mainly on just one character, that being Bold. He has left the relative safety of White Deer Park and the ties to his family and is now a true creature of the wild making it on his own like he wanted. However rather quickly Bold discovers the hardships that come in the wild and that maybe the Oath that his Father and the rest of the animals from Farthing Wood live by has some merit. He meets a host of new characters including a crow called Robber, a female badger called Shadow, a dog called Rollo and a vixen called Whisper. With these new characters he forges close bonds after a major incident and soon finds himself clinging to life and making the journey back to White Deer Park to protect the lives of his future cubs.
This book is a magnificent read that truly pulls on your heart strings. Due to it being more focused on one character you feel so much more invested in Bold's life. Although I did find myself missing the main cast of characters from the first three books. A great read that continues the high standard of the first three books!
on 3 February 2009
This is the third sequel to the minor classic "The Animals of Farthing Wood". It was published in 1983, illustrated by Terry Riley and has the usual Dann quota of 160-180 pages. This tale takes place mainly away from White Deer Park and follows the adventures of Fox and Vixen's male cub Bold.
At the end of the previous book "Fox's Feud", Bold decided to leave the boundaries of the nature reserve and explore the countryside beyond. He has many adventures and becomes an urban fox, is wounded by hunters and meets a dog called Rollo. The story culminates in a rather sad way which I will not spoil but this is a fairly realistic tale and is recommended to those who enjoy stories involving vulpine and meline characters who have to scavenge for food, rather than dress for dinner like Toad of Toad Hall, Bejamin Bunny from the Peter Rabbit stories or Hare from Little Grey Rabbit.
on 2 October 2012
Following on from The Animals of Farthing Wood, this story is of Fox's first cub, Bold, and his journey to try to escape his famous father's shadow, and to escape the overpowering safety and security of the Park. Early on, his hopes of a being the top predator with the world at his feet are dealt a crippling blow, and he has to rely on other, 'lesser', animals to survive.
It's a short book, which is just as well because it's almost impossible to put down.