Have you read any Michael Morpurgo books yet? As an adult I have wept my way through Private Peaceful and War Horse (if you haven’t read them go and get yourself a copy – you’re in for real treat) and now that Mr 6 is an independent reader I’ve started introducing him to Michael Morpurgo.
Michael Morpurgo’s books are beautiful and inspiring reads. Many of Michael’s books look at the amazing relationship between humans and animals and the role they can play in shaping people’s lives. We were asked to take part in the Michael Morpurgo’s Animals Book Tour and we were sent a copy of The Fox and The Ghost King. This uplifting story brings recent history to life in an unexpected tale.
If you genuinely can’t put a book down then you know you’ve found a great story. This was the case with the Fox and the Ghost King by Michael Morpurgo. At the end of every chapter it was “Can I just read another one,” and “The next chapter’s a short one, let’s just read it quickly.”
In The Fox and the Ghost King we meet a charming family of friendly foxes. The whole family are devoted football fans and they love their home team, Leicester City Football Club, otherwise known as ‘the Foxes‘. They also love the delicious scraps left behind by the fans… pizza, chips, especially chips!
Do foxes like pizza? I love pizza! – Mr 6
One night, on the way home from the football, the eldest cub and his Dad stop in the deserted car park. For some reason the ground is turned over and the fresh soil is full of juicy, wriggly worms… and a voice… the ghost of Richard III! The foxes dare to dream the impossible dream, Richard III turns out to be a king of his word and the rest is history.
A king, buried in a car park? What’s he doing in a car park? – Mr 6
Michael Morpurgo masterfully weaves the tale of foxes, Richard III’s reinternment, Leicester City’s premiership triumph and Shakespeare into one magical story.
The Fox and The Ghost King is beautifully illustrated by Michael Foreman, the text is large and clear, the chapters are a good length and the vocabulary is interesting but not inaccessible. If you’re looking for a great book for a young reader this story is a confidence builder, as well as being a fabulous read.
Was it really the ghost that made sure Leicester City won the Premiership? – Mr 6
At the end of the book there are notes from the illustrator and the author about Leicester City’s win against the odds and the amazing discovery of Richard III. It led us to look up reports of the burial and we watched the funeral procession through Leicester, complete with knights on horseback. The Fox and the Ghost King really sparked interest in this incredible moment in Leicester’s history.
I’m glad they found Richard III’s body so they could bury it properly. You can’t bury a king in a car park, especially when he kept his promise – Mr 6
The only downside with this story is that it was over too soon, we read it in just two sittings. Fortunately, Michael Morpurgo has written lots of animal stories, so we can go on to discover and enjoy many more favourites.
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Discover more Michael Morpurgo stories on the #MorpurgosAnimals book tour
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