The Fox and the Ghost King

8th August 2017
The Fox and the Ghost King Book Cover The Fox and the Ghost King
Michael Morpurgo

“Every fox in the whole town, in the whole country just about, is a football fan…. And we all have an impossible dream.”

There is an ordinary family of foxes who live under an ordinary human’s shed. They live an ordinary life and like all foxes, they adore football. They all support the same team: The Foxes (AKA Leicester City) but they NEVER win!

One day, on the way back from the latest football game against Chelsea, (Leicester loses again), Daddy Fox and his eldest son come across a voice in the earth in a car park. The voice tells them that he is the ghost of King Richard III and that he hates Shakespeare. He also tells them that if they dig him out, he will grant them one wish. What wish could 2 football mad foxes ask for?

Do they dig him out?

What is their impossible dream?

Does His Royal Highness grant their wish?

You’ll have to read the book to find out!

I give it 5*****. I recommend this book to 9+ children with an interest in football and history.

After I finished this book, I was intrigued by the story and looked it up to see if it was true. At the beginning of the 2012 Premier League Season, the odds for Leicester winning were 5000 to 1 and during the season, the remains of Richard III were found in a car park in Leicester, supposedly by foxes. However, I will not tell you any more about this as I want you to enjoy the story!


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