by Michael Morpurgo
Primary List 2017-18 SHORTLIST
So far we have received 38 reviews of The Fox and the Ghost King.
You can read them below. Why not add your own review?
Eleanor from Year 9, Ridgewood School:
The sound of light padding feet echoe in your ears as the family of foxes embark on their repetitive journey to watch the football match- extremely different right? Well not for these lucky pups! As fans of the massive Leister City, they make their way through bends and corners to support their loving team...even though they unfortunately loose EVERY time! With hope slowly melting away through sweat, tears and upset, their key to the door is lying right beneath them: Richard III! Will story telling, magic and digging their way in to success save their happiness- and of course their beloved team! Although I am a more developed reader, this book tickled my taste buds as it included the most unusual subjects together ( foxes, Henry III and Leister City)!? Moving on, the interesting fact file half way through was very educational if you are looking to learn about 'Bosworth Field' and the battle that took place there! To close this subject, it flowed brilliantly and never became boring which I find is a common problem in primary books! For me, I would give this book an 8 out of 10 for the interesting story line and the great flow! However - although I know it is for younger readers- I would of loved to to take more unexpected turns and it to be slightly longer as I would of love to delved in to it for a couple of days ; however I finished it on the day I received it! On the other hand, small books can make a massive difference! Any fun loving reader will enjoy the small pleasures of loving animals in an exciting adventure! Enjoy!
Aimee from Year 3, Rosedale Primary School:
I loved this book. I liked that there wasn't a lot of writing on the pages because I don't like to read too much or I usually get fed up or a little bit bored.I manged to finish the book 1 1hour.25 mintes
Isla from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:
Once I picked up this book I never stopped reading it and finished it within an hour! It was easy to read, great story about a family of foxes who supported a football team and one night after the match, they met 'Ghost King'. The father and the son could hear a voice coming from below, asking them to dig underground towards him, so the archaeologists can find the tunnel the next day and find the King, that's where the story begins.......... The book was well illustrated by Michael Foreman. I gave this book a 9 out of 10 because it is a great story but it could of been more descriptive but saying this it doesn't spoil the book/story line. Previously, I have read a book by this author and did stop reading mid way through so wasn't expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did!
Tiffany from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:
This book is by Michael Morpurgo and it is about a family of foxes, who love watching football. One day the foxes were strolling back home after a match, when they stumble across a ghost king, under the ground. The ghost king begs for the foxes to dig a tunnel for them and he promised he would grant them a wish. The foxes wish that theyre favourite team will win for the next season ahead. At the end the foxes wish is granted!
Liam from Year 8, Rossington All Saints School:
This book reminds me of a book that I wrote back in year 7 it was a brilliant novel. It also has my 5th favourite animal in overall #Fox for life.
Emily from Year 8, Rossington All Saints School:
This book is very creative and I love anything to do with nature. This book is very inspiring to readers and writers of all ages. I love coming in to the library and reading this book.
gwenyth from Year 6, Green Top Primary:
I liked the fox and the ghost king because the story behind it is quite interesting however I think it is aimed at younger kids. It is about some foxes who like football and they really want there team to win the league but they keep losing.I think it is interesting how Michael Morpurgo linked the story to the history of Leicester FC and Richard III.I would recommend this book to people aged 8 and under.
Millie from Year 6, Montagu School, Mexborough:
I think this book is good because it has a unique mix of animals and football, which are two things many people like. It is also very gripping, and hard to stop reading, which is a very good aspect. It is about lucky foxes who meet a ghost King (Richard III) and he makes a promise to the foxes that he will grant their wish of Leicester City winning the Premier League as long as they dug a hole deep enough so that the archaeologists could find him. Sure enough, the wish came true. I love this book and would recommend it to other readers.
Harry from Year 5:
The fox and the ghost King is a short story about a young fox who loves football and comes across The ghost of King Richard the 3rd in a football car park. SPOILER ALERT the ghost of King richard the third says if the fox helps him out he will make his team win the cup.so the fox does what king richard the third told him and then the foxes team wins the football cup
Samuel C from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:
Michael Morpurgo is a great author although this book is very short. I enjoyed it but I didn't the reason why I didn't enjoy was because of the short pages it was good though because of the twists in it. My favourite characters are the fox family because they are brave witty and I love animals. Out of all the Michael books I've read this one is my favourite. It is a great funny book and I would recommend it to all over 5. This book is great so please read it and if you do write a review. I enjoyed it did you?
Tia from Year 7, The Armthorpe Academy:
I really enjoyed this book because i love animal books and horror books and this was a bit of both. It wasn't scary but it had a ghost in it. I would recommend this book to all ages because for young ones it hasn't got a lot of pages and each page lasts about 3 minuets. Also i would recommend this book for some adults because some adults like fantacy books.
Jorja from Year 6, Montagu School, Mexborough:
I thought that this book could have been better because it seemed that it skipped alot of important information and wasn't very exciting to read.
Thomas from Year 6, Montagu School, Mexborough:
This was the best book I have ever read I loved the suspense and the imaginative animals and characters in the story I finished this book in about 1and a half hours because I couldn't stop reading it!!!!
Rosie from Year 5, Owston Park Primary School:
This book was ok it was not the best book I have ever read it would be near the last I did not enjoy this book very much because it was a bit boring and I don't really enjoy Michael Morpurgo books that does not mean that anyone else can not read it other people might like it but I like books that don't go on as much about the same thing because when they found the king then the book was all about the king. It was hard to make a review about this book because it does not have a lot of description about the other characters .
phoebe from Year 7, De Warenne Academy:
As a fan of Michael Morpurgo I absolutely loved this book although there were not a lot if words on a page I still enjoyed .I rated it 10/10 because it as a amazing book about a little family of red foxes a mum a dad and a kid my faviroute bit in this book is where the little fox and his dad go to sneak into the football Mach and on there way home they stop to find some worms in the ground but they hear a voice coming from under ground.............10/10 I would recommend it to (EVERYONE)
jack from Year 5, Woodfield Primary:
amazing job michael morpurgo i'd recommend to 7 years and year 4.I'd like to see more readers reading this book because: It's a good book to get into anybody can enjoy including you family members and if you like animals and football this is the book for you Anyway,you will love it and i ashore you its good
Rosie from Year 5, Owston Park Primary School:
I read Fox and the Ghost king.It is ok not the best book I have ever read .At the start of the story a young fox wanted to go to a football game but the foxes father says no but one time he let him and then they found something a KING.It is about 2 foxes that find a king trapped underground.The foxes have to try to dig out the king and the king said if they got him out then he would make Leicester(The team they liked) win every one of the next game they had.I would recommend it to other people.It is a quick book to read and it has some easy words in it.
kenan from Year 6, Montagu School, Mexborough:
I really like this book but it's okay but I think the author could do better
abigail from Year 7, The Armthorpe Academy:
this wasn't my type of book because it is a bit and football and animals and I like to read books that are a mixture of different things and to me the foxes and the football don't mix at all but I would recommend it to people who like reading books with 2 things combined together or 2 different subject combined together
Rosie from Year 5, Rossington St Michael's CE Primary School:
The Fox and the Ghost King is an amazing story about a family of fox's finding the ghost of King Richard the third.It is set in Chelsea and the fox's live under a green garden shed, which smells of onions.This book was quite short and although interesting,it could have had a more exiting ending and beginning.This is appropriate for five year old's and over.For this reason I am going to give this book a seven out of ten.
Neve from Year 8, Rossington All Saints School:
The book is good The writer has a nice imagination
kyle from Year 6, Montagu School, Mexborough:
This book is about a fox and a boy and it is scary
veycan from Year 6, Montagu School, Mexborough:
This entertaining book is all about two cute foxes and they go to a football match, to support the foxes team and they loose like they always do. On the way back home a an shouts saying "get me out of here." The foxes here the man shout but he weren't just a ordinary man he was the king of England. I think this book would be suitable for ages 7 and above because it would give them a challenge. I would recommend this book because it is very interesting.
skye from Year 6, Owston Park Primary School:
The book fox and the ghost king was amazing there was a little bit of fantasy and a little bit historical.This book was a show stopper. The fox and the ghost king was my favieroute book ever . I would recomend this book for children who are intrested in history and animals[they talk].
Alexis from Year 6, Montagu School, Mexborough:
The book is about two Foxes - father and son. They both rescue a the King of England. The King grants them a wish because of their bravery. There wish is that The Foxes( The Leister Football team will win all the games all the time. I think this book is suitable eight year old and over. I recommend this book because it keeps you interested and makes you want to keep reading.
Grace from Year 6, Montagu School, Mexborough:
This was amzing I would read it again it is a defently on my christmas list
Imogen from Year 6, Montagu School, Mexborough:
I think this book was good because I didn't find it amazing but I still thought it was nice to read on a night before I would go to bed or just when I was board. My favourite part of the book was it starts. I would recommend this book because it is good if you feel like a read but I think you would have to be at least 8 or older to read it.
oliver from Year 4, Green Top Primary:
I really like this book it is about a family of foxes who support leicester (foxes) city. I deffintley rate this 10 out of ten.
Joshua from Year 3, - Home Educated -:
I love this book, it's really good. The fox Dad is my favourite character.
Danielle from Year 8, De Warenne Academy:
I thought this book was for an easy read but it was not a jaw dropping book
lucy from Year 5, Owston Park Primary School:
I like the book the fox and the ghost king because its funny and adventures. I also like this book because I love foxes.This book is also very quick to read it is about the foxes go to a football match and on there way back they find a king and the king gives him and the foxes son a wish and there is alot of pictures which I like.
Amelia from Year 6, Owston Park Primary School:
i thought this book was great because it is quite easy to read and the idea was intresting because it has a little bit of history.i like how its about a famile of foxes;i love animals in books because people show that animals have a life like us and we show that we wish tonow how they live.
chelsea from Year 7, The Armthorpe Academy:
I thought the book was good because i like how the foxes could talk and communicate with the humans and how they helped find the missing king from years ago.
Grace from Year 6, Montagu School, Mexborough:
This is a good book as the reader can engage with the book. It's first good aspect is that it hooks and engages the reader.It contains two of people's favorite things: Football and animals. The foxes are out and they live football. They come across a king(Richard the lll) Many people may like history too. It's second good aspect is that it give you information at the back. So if your nosey or just interested in history about Richard the Third and Chelsey FC, then you will enjoy the back. Finally, its third good aspect it that there's not much writing on the page and it's quite large. It took be about 45 minutes to read.Its a very good book with I defineltly would recommend.
Chloe from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:
Do you like history and animals? Then this book is just for you. This book is about a two foxes and a ghost king. The foxes are coming home from a football match when they heard a strange sound coming from the dusty, damp grass. It turned out to be the ghost king ,who is bossy. My favourite character is the baby fox because is adventures, brave and fearless. It is a very good book. I would recommend this book for people who like adventure and animals. It is a very short book so I finished it in one day.
Freya from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:
If you like stories with surprises you are bound to love this book! There is lots of adventure and it is not scary despite being about a ghost. It was easy to read and simple to understand. Even if you don't like football you will probably still like this book. There was lots of kind and nice plots in this book, such as: the fox's dad lets him come to the football match; they rescue the amazing, long-gone ghost king, who is stuck underground and the dad brings back lots of food! This book was quick to read so if you want book to take on holiday this is a reccomended read!
Matilda from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:
This book (Fox and the Ghost King) is full of surprises and you are bound to love this book. It is full of mysteries and even though it says Fox and the Ghost King it is not scary. If you like football then this is a book for you ;.especially if you support Leicester city The part with the king being under ground. I hope you will like this book more than I did.
Violet from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:
I loved this book it was very short but very interesting and quite funny. It is about a fox and its family, who find a ghost king, they want an extreme wish for there fox football team to win and be in that premier league and the ghost king they find can grant any wish only if they take him out of the ground! Will the foxes trust the ghost king? Can their wish be granted? Will the foxes win the premier league? I rate this book a whopping 10 out of 10 it is amazing I would recommend this for children age 7+ and I think it is really enjoyable, even though it is short!