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GASPARD THE FOX

Meet Gaspard the Fox as he sets out one summer evening in search of adventure and something to eat. On his travels he meets a superior cat named Peter and Finty the dog, who help him navigate the local canal in his hunt for supper.

This enchanting and humorous picture book celebrates urban foxes and their relationship with the other animals and humans with whom they share the city.  A warm-hearted story about friendship and being accepted for who you are. The first in a series of urban adventures with Gaspard and his friends by the broadcaster Zeb Soanes and best-selling illustrator James Mayhew.

“I loved reading about the adventures of Gaspard the Fox. More please!” - Francesca Simon

“The children's book to watch out for” - Sunday Times

“A modern day classic” - South Wales Evening Post


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GASPARD BEST IN SHOW

Gaspard and Peter set out on a new adventure to find Finty at the local summer fete. When Gaspard unwittingly gets entered into the fancy-dress dog show, chaos and hilarity ensue in this fun-packed sequel to Gaspard the Fox.

I’ve been gasping for more of Gaspard…and here it is! - Julian Clary

“A wonderful tale about celebrating difference and triumphing against the odds” - Clare Balding



Vists GASPARD’S DEN for lots of craft ideas and to see young readers' artwork.

Download a FREE POSTER of foxy facts to print for your home or classroom.

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Zeb Soanes & James Mayhew

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ZEB SOANES

Zeb grew-up in the seaside town of Lowestoft surrounded by animals, including his pet tortoise, Fred, who is still alive today (tortoises live a very long time). Zeb now lives in London and is known to millions as a newsreader and voice of the Shipping Forecast on BBC Radio 4. He is a regular on The News Quiz, has reported for From Our Own Correspondent and presented BBC Radio 3’s Saturday Classics. Sunday Times readers voted him their favourite male voice on UK radio. On television he launched BBC Four, where he appeared as a roving presenter for the BBC Proms. He regularly performs with orchestras, narrating classic works for children including Peter and the Wolf, Babar the Elephant and Paddington. He has written for The Observer, Country Life and the Literary Review. Gaspard the Fox was inspired by a real little fox that visits Zeb in London and the fancy dress dog show in Gaspard Best in Show takes place in his local square each autumn.

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Zeb is the first patron of the Mammal Society and you can help log sightings of foxes using their free Mammal Mapper app.

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JAMES MAYHEW

Illustrator and author James Mayhew lives in the Suffolk countryside, surrounded by wild animals and nature, with big skies, full of light - perfect for artists. Amongst his other titles for Graffeg are The Knight Who Took All Day (adapted as a work for narrator and orchestra by Bernard Hughes) and illustrations for the Mouse and Mole series (by Joyce Dunbar), animated for television with the voices of Alan Bennett and Richard Briers. He is also the creator of the Katie art books and Ella Bella Ballerina series. He has worked with many orchestras and musicians including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, painting illustrations live on stage to performances of classical music, including The Firebird, Scheherazade and Pictures at an Exhibition. A winner of the 1994 New York Times prize for illustration, his many other titles include Koshka’s Tales and illustrations for Mrs Noah’s Pockets (by Jackie Morris). James makes all his illustrations with traditional tools, mainly using pen and ink, and watercolours. He created his own new shade of ink especially for these books, which he calls ‘Gaspard Red’.

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Gaspard is a REAL fox!

 

See the real Gaspard in this BBC News video

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Zeb, Gaspard and the folding bicycle

One day a little fox appeared outside Zeb's home.  It was magical to meet a wild animal in the middle of the city.  It visited every night after that and everyone agreed it was the handsomest fox in London.  Zeb started to write about its adventures and now people all over the world send messages to Gaspard.

What would you ask a little fox if you met one outside your front door? 

 
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Photos and videos of the real Gaspard

You can see more Gaspard pictures on Instagram @GaspardTheFox