Wednesday, 5 July 2017

HarperCollins Kids Summer Reads Book Tour and Giveaway

HarperCollins Kids launched a fantastic campaign on the 1st July, 11 days, 11 blogs and 10 epic book reviews along with the grande finale. Each blogger will be showcasing a fantastic story from an unbelievably good bundle of books (pictured below). We're now on day five and my post is all about the magical story The Fox and the Ghost from Michael Morpurgo.

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Keeping in theme with my usual blog posts I thought I'd share with you a little mum and daughter review, with both myself and my eleven year old sharing our thoughts on the book, after all it's a children's book so we need a child's point of view on it now don't we.

This story is inspired by Leicester City's historic premiership win, being crowned champions after threats of relegation and their good fortune seemed to stem from Richard the third being found in the clubs carpark.....

First off here's what Elise has to say about the story :

Michael Morpurgo's The Fox and the Ghost is the perfect book for all young football lovers. This book is a short tale about the lucky fox fans of Leicester or "The Foxes". They go to every match but always seem to lose though that could all change when they meet the ghost of a king buried in the nearby car park.

One of my favourite things about this book is the references to Mr William Shakespeare. Two of William Shakespeare's plays are mentioned in the book, these are A Midsummer Nights Dream and of course Richard III. Watching one of his plays with the ghost king makes a beautiful conclusion and really adds to the happy ending. The reference to Shakespeare also adds some humour as Richard has a little rant on how false the play is about him.

Another great thing about this book is it teaches children how foxes live and a bit on how they hunt. Throughout the book, my favourite part is the newspaper. It gives a viewpoint of Leicester fans and the people at the games and shows what they thought happened to give the mysterious to to the football team.
In conclusion this is a short tale, something great for a bedtime story and I definitely recommend this for football fans of any age. Michael Morpurgo has worked is story telling magic once again, I already have a lot of his novels and this will stay a loved book for many years to come as part of my collection.



I love how my daughter focused on the Shakespeare element, you can tell she's into her literature (always has her head in a book. Now for the parent perspective :

Like my daughter said this is quite a short tale and that's not a bad thing. There are only 7 chapters in the book, the writing is spaced out well and the other pages feature some stunning black and white illustrations that really bring the tale to life. 

This is a book that will appeal to the masses, children who already love books, kids just beginning with chapter books and needing to be eased into this way of reading. And as my daughter mentioned this is a book for football fans, so if you have a footie fan that is reluctant to read this could be the book for them.

The story of The Fox and the Ghost King isn't just a tale of football though, there are other elements weaved throughout the pages such as team work and parental bonds, it's quite charming and dare I say magical.

What I enjoyed the most was the notes at the back from Michael Morpurgo, these gave us all a little history lesson, both on Leicester City and Richard III, a great way to learn something whilst enjoying the simple task of reading.

Another classic tale in the making, The Fox and the Ghost King is a story conjured from an event that was indeed real but it has been made into something so much more....

Take a look at the image below, make a note of all the blogs involved with the tour and make sure to check out all the reviews!

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Now if you like the sound of the book and fancy winning yourself a copy as well as the other 9 titles in the fantastic Summer Reads book bundle why not enter my giveaway below. Simply fill out the rafflecopter form and wait. The giveaway will close at 11.59pm on the 30th July 2017.

Good luck everyone.

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118 comments:

  1. My daughter is loving Gangsta Granny by David Walliams at the mo!

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  2. Margaret Clarkson
    Black Light Express

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  3. Anything by micheal morpurgo

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  4. Suzanne Jackson5 July 2017 at 16:15

    My son is into anything by Adam Blade

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  5. "How to be a pirate" by Cressida Cowell

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  6. My daughter loves the Malory Towers stories

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  7. not sure of the name but it has zombies

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  8. my daughter likes the three little pig books :)

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  9. We're reading The Twits by Roald Dahl at the moment

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  10. My great niece loves to read about dinosaurs and animals. She hasnt got a favourite yet.

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  11. My son loves Billionaire Boy by David Walliams. Thanks for this lovely giveaway.

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  12. Right now, it's a book called 'The Mouse Who Reached the Sky' by Petr Horacek.

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  13. the dinosaur who pooped a planet

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  14. The Percy Jackson collection at the minute!

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  15. We love SPOT GOES TO THE MUSEUM it's been a favourite for months

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  16. My son is still enjoying Diary of a wimpy kid books

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  17. Famous 5 Enid blyton

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  18. Alice in Wonderland

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  19. The giraffe and the pelly and me

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  20. Anything by Julia Donaldson, currently Charlie cook's favourite book!

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  21. At the moment its 100 fairy tale stories

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  22. The World's Worst Children!

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  23. lynsey Buchanan6 July 2017 at 22:24

    Matilda

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  24. She's working her way through the Alex Ryder books - she reads so fast I've lost track of which one she's reached now

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  25. The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas by Tom Fletcher...I know it's the middle of summer but he likes it! ;)

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  26. My son is still loving diary of a whimsy kid seriesa and Tom Gates!

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  27. We've just discovered the 'Supertato' books. My little boy loves them!

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  28. Eddy Stone and the epic holiday mash up by Smon Cherry

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  29. My boy's reading Gangsta Granny at the moment

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  30. Daughter likes Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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  31. my daughter is currently enjoying the Roald Dahl books
    Son is reading the first Harry potter :)

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  32. Anything by David Walliams

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  33. We are reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the moment

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  34. any of the Beatrix Potter are a great favourite

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  35. my daughter loves to read harry potter books

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  36. my son's recently discovered Terry Pratchett so he's enjoying some of those books at the moment

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  37. we are reading the famous five books at the moment

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  38. My grandchildren like The Twits

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  39. The BFG is her favourite at the moment.

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  40. My son loves the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series of books now.

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  41. My son likes reading his star war books at the moment x

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  42. My daughter loves the Beatrix Potter books.

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  43. Karen hutchinson23 July 2017 at 00:11

    Currently loving the captain underpants books

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  44. My daughter has found the magic faraway tree

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  45. Farm Boy and War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

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  46. Room on the broom x

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  47. My daughter loves Matilda right now, It's the first chapter book she has read by herself to me!

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  48. Mungo Monkey Goes On A Train

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  49. My baby is 26 now, and is mainly ready stuff to do with yoga, she's just started a yoga teaching course. Neither of us were into football, but I would have had to read this to her, history and humour, a perfect combination. I really love the idea of foxes liking football and Richard III's ghost getting involved. She wasn't into reading for ages, really took a while for it to catch hold. I would add try different sorts of reading matter, she liked magazines and comics about favorite computer games and characters, and nonfiction too, reading about pet rats. Finally Harry Potter came along, and the bookworm bit well and truly.

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  50. Karen hutchinson25 July 2017 at 18:49

    Loving the captain underpants series - make him laugh so much and now the film is out too

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  51. Jungle book - but it is all about the pictures - I love it too!

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  52. Theres a pig up my nose, won it in a comp and grandson loves it

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  53. M daughter loves amichal Morpego books, lovely reads but always a tear!

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  54. Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory

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  55. I like The Tiger who came to Tea x

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  56. We are reading a book called the cat and the king and he loves that

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  57. Any of the Horrible Histories, she is currently reading The Savage Stone Age

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  58. My little boy is really getting into Harry Potter books

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  59. We're loving David Walliams books and are currently reading "The Demon Dentist"

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  60. The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton

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  61. any diary of a wimpy kid book gets the thumbs up with my daughter

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  62. Our little one has just started on Beatrix Potter series which I loved as a kid

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  63. My grandson loves the goodnight train

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  64. My daughter loves the Magic Ballerina series of books

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  65. My little boys favourite book at the moment is 'calm down boris'

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  66. The World's Worst Children 2 by David Walliams

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  67. My niece loves The Faraway Tree stories.

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  68. Stacy Fenemore29 July 2017 at 17:29

    I like the Adrian Mole books

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  69. 2 youngest grandchildren love Captain Underpants, granddaughter is working her way through Famous Five. She loves them just like her nan and Mum did at her age while another grandson is into Harry Potter :)

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  70. The Indian in the cupboard loves it :)

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  71. My son has just started The Bolds on Holiday by Julian Clary and he loves it!

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  72. My son like football stories

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  73. My seven year old has just started a love of Harry Potter books x

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  74. The boys are enjoying the Alex rider series.

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  75. Henry is loving Charlie and the chocolate factory

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  76. My daughter loves all the David Walliams books but her favourite right now is Demon Dentist

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  77. My son is enjoying reading George's Marvellous Medicine

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  78. Anything colourful with bright pictures

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  79. My daughters is Fairybell Sisters .

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  80. My grandson's favourite book at the moment is Treasure Island

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  81. Lottie and Lisa by Erich Kästner

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