A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher, O’ Brien Press, in return for a review. This does not in any way change my opinion of the book, or my review.
“Don’t forget,’ said the old fox, “If danger threatens, run with the wind.”
In the Land of Sinna, Black Tip, Vickey, Old Sage Brush, Fang and the rest of the foxes who live around Beech Paw are in trouble. The fur companies are hunting them almost to extinction. The foxes have no choice but to set out in search of the secret of survival. Join them in their spectacular journey through city and countryside, as they rediscover what it means to be ‘as cunning as a fox.’
When I received this book through my door, unwrapped its packaging and saw the cover, I knew I was going to love it. I am a big fan of foxes–I have a fox teddy and and a fox cushion–but I also knew it wasn’t a new book, and I was right! Tom McCaughren first released this book back in 1983, and has now been re-released by O’Brien Press with a brand new cover. I got so excited, to the point where I don’t think you realise how excited I was to read this.
This book was a real feel good book to read. The characters were instantly likeable and I found myself loving the story instantaneously. Like I mentioned above, I love foxes, so I really got into this straight away. I loved all the characters in the book, the ten foxes, over all. I think if I were to pick favourites, it would have to be Old Sage Bush, and Hop-Along, purely because he only has three legs, and I felt like he was the baby of the group, while Old Sage Brush was their wise old mentor, guiding them on their journey.
I would recommend this book to animal lovers, and lovers of nature and wildlife, because that is what this book is at its essence. We are seeing the world through the eyes of foxes as they explore the big bad world, and how mankind effects it.
I loved that this was such an entertaining read, yet at the same time, I was able to put it down and pick up where I left off straight away. I didn’t feel like that I had to go flicking back a few pages to remind myself what happened in the last chapter. The story really had a natural flow to it, which I really enjoyed, and I think a lot of other people who read this book will enjoy that too.
I don’t think I can pick out many, if anything I didn’t like about the book. If I were to pick something, it would be when the animals got in danger, or seriously injured. But that’s just because I am such an animal lover and I can’t see an animal of any shape or size come to harm.
Overall I loved this book. Did I mention that I loved this book? I also found out that this book is the first in a series–so here’s hoping that O’Brien Press are good auld souls, and re-release the rest of the series so I can read and enjoy them too!