The Book That Made Me: Philip Reeve 16/10/19
The Fox and the Ghost King
Publisher: Harper Collins
A little fox cub in Leicester trawls the football ground for post-match leftovers with his dad. The foxes love football but they love pizza crusts and hot dog buns, too!
When they hear a hoity-toity voice telling them what to do, they're ready to run home. But when the ghostly voice claims to be a long-lost king, the foxes promise to dig him out in exchange for a wish that will make the whole city proud.
This sweet story weaves Michael Morpurgo's effortless storytelling with ancient and very recent history. Leicester City's landmark win of the Premiership title is intertwined with the discovery of Richard III's body that captured the nation's attention in the news. Shakespeare's effect on history and some background into the king is sewn neatly into this short story.
Beautiful illustrations from Michael Foreman make this a lovely gift: football fans, history fans and fox fans are all taken care of here.