Gaspard the Fox

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Book Title: Gaspard the Fox

Author & Illustrator: Zeb Soanes & James Mayhew

Publisher: Graffeg

Publication Date: May 2018

Most Suitable For: Years 1-3

Gaspard the Fox is a collaboration between BBC radio presenter Zeb Soanes and illustrator James Mayhew. The story is inspired by a real urban fox who turned up at Zeb’s London home one evening. Thinking the creature was quite a handsome fellow, Zeb fed the fox and began to see it return night after night, sharing photographs on social media (check out Gaspard's dedicated Twitter and Instagram accounts) where people from around the world began to follow and comment on the fox’s adventures.

In the story, Gaspard the Fox takes a stroll along the canal looking for food and taking in the sights, sounds and smells along the way. In a busy city, foxes like Gaspard are not usually welcomed and Gaspard finds that danger is all around. Along his way, Gaspard befriends a dog called Finty and a cat called Peter and the animals share experiences of urban life. To his relief, Gaspard discovers that some humans are more welcoming than others and eventually he finds what he needs to fill his hungry tummy.

James Mayhew’s illustrations perfectly capture the beauty of the fox as well as the vibrancy of city life. As the book is quite long for a picture book and the vocabulary is ambitious, this would be a suitable book to introduce Years 1, 2 or 3 to the experiences of urban foxes and their relationship to human inhabitants. There is also a section at the back of the book with activities and ‘Foxy Facts’ that could be used as a springboard into a fox project in the classroom.

You can order Gaspard the Fox online or from your local book shop or library.


Thank you to the publisher for kindly sending me a review copy of this text.


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