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The Fox Busters

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  271 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Flightless, helpless and often, frankly, more than a little silly, chickens are no match for the cunning, merciless foxes stalking their coop. Or are they? Thanks to a careless farmer and generations of determined foxes, the chickens on Foxearth Farm have evolved into quick-witted, long-legged, high flying fox dodgers. Then, just a week after a vicious fox ambush in the ...more
Paperback, 110 pages
Published 1980 by Puffin Books (first published 1978)
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Chris Mills
The long nose foxes are on the warpath, hungry for meat, and more often than not they acquire their poultry needs. But something has changed. The fowls of Foxearth farm have rallied, and the ruthless foxes are beginning to realise that their prey is not as effortlessly slaughtered as once was.

The Fox Busters is a tale of farm yard tragedy and triumph. A coop of seemingly naïve and defenceless chickens come under attack from a skulk of foxes, but after three extraordinary sisters, Ransome, Sims,
Donna Mcaleese
Chapter one is called The Ambush and so from the outset Dick King Smith has our attention with “The Fox Busters”, the introduction is full of onomatopoeia, repetition and rhythm. The language is almost musical and flows easily from the page. It is most definitely a treasure for read aloud story time, for 6-8 year olds, as the vocabulary is descriptive and colourful throughout.
It is an animal adventure tale packed with action, curious questions and plenty of laughs. The story of three extraordin
Not quite what I was expecting! More Roald Dahlish than the feel-good barnyard stories I usually associate with King-Smith. Farmer Farmer's chickens have been preyed upon by foxes for so long that they have evolved the ability to think, plan, and fly. Now, with the birth of three extraordinary chicks, it's time to bring the battle to the foxes. Filled with unexpected (to me) scenes of gore and violence and a questionable moral ending (foxes have to eat too, right?). Not coming to a theater near ...more
Jan 07, 2016 Gary rated it it was amazing
The author fought in WWII and this book is like a retelling of parts of the battles of that war. Brilliantly done, too. Just the right amount of detail, a cracking story and tons of adventure.

Loved it.
Derelict Space Sheep

Endemic to an era when it was de rigueur for children’s authors themselves to be literate, this story remains a high-spirited classic: skills honed by natural selection, farmyard fowls fight to outwit then turn the tables on the foxes who hunt them.
The first book by Dick King-Smith, featuring the highly evolved and intelligent chickens who have learned to escape from local foxes. Cleverly written wth animals taking on appropriate human traits, although rather violent in places. Probably appeals most to boys of about 8-11.
Lisa Van Oosterum
Jan 05, 2011 Lisa Van Oosterum rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Ugh, I usually like King Smith, but this was unreadable. Awkwardly written and not very interesting.
Ms. Stephens
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My kids love Dick King-Smith, especially _Babe_, the _Lollipop_ books, and _Ace_. This one was equally fun to read.
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Dick King-Smith was born and raised in Gloucestershire, England, surrounded by pet animals. After twenty years as a farmer, he turned to teaching and then to writing children's books.

Dick writes mostly about animals: farmyard fantasy, as he likes to call it, often about pigs, his special favorites. He enjoys writing for children, meeting the children who read his books, and knowing that they get
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