Harquin : The Fox Who Went Down to the Valley

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The story of Harquin, a young fox. His parents warn him not to go down to the valley, but he can't resist the temptation, and one day he's spotted by the gamekeeper. A hunt is organized, and Harquin has to run for his life.show more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 210 x 274 x 4mm | 200g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1
  • 0099825104
  • 9780099825104
  • 663,053

About John Burningham

John Burningham is one of the most prestigious and well-loved illustrators working in the children's book field today. Trained at the Central School of Art, his first picture book, Borka was published in 1963. He has won the Kate Greenaway Award twice for Borka and Mr Gumpy's Outing, and has enjoyed a distinguished career spanning over 45 years.show more

Review quote

"Burningham's brilliantly illustrated children's tale is guaranteed to turn any reader against hunting for good. Harquin is a young fox whose father strayed into the territory of the local hunt and got ripped to shreds. Harquin repeats the mistake and is scented by the hounds, but cannily leads the dogs and fat men on their horses into a quagmire while he slips away" Guardianshow more

Review Text

The fox who disobeyed his father and went down to the valley redeemed himself by leading the hunters astray, thus saving the family den. Like Mr. Burningham's books generally, this is more of a pictorial tour de force than a story, but the scenes of the horde in red tearing after the fox, then spilling helter skelter into the bog, of the choleric squire sitting in the sli??e and Harquin waiting quietly for the party to leave, pull out all stops in color, composition, technique: and if the whole is something of a hodgepodge, each spread serves the situation well. Where youngsters will respond to the spoof of tally ho-kum, the pictures are sure to please. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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15 ratings
4.13 out of 5 stars
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4 40% (6)
3 13% (2)
2 7% (1)
1 0% (0)
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