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The Fox Busters

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  218 ratings  ·  14 reviews
The chickens living on the unprotected, unfenced Foxearth Farm have learned over the years to think, run and fly in order to survive the crafty efforts of nearby foxes. But three chicks have hatched, designed by nature to become high-speed, barnyard warriors--the Fox Busters!
Published (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
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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.
Ms. Stephens
My kids love Dick King-Smith, especially _Babe_, the _Lollipop_ books, and _Ace_. This one was equally fun to read.
Mar 04, 2015 Michelle marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Ugh, I usually like King Smith, but this was unreadable. Awkwardly written and not very interesting.
Kate B
This came as a set with a number of other Dick King-Smith books. Suited for readers aged 6-9.
Story of wily chickens who come up with a plan to beat a crafty fox at his own game. Great fun.
Me and the kids all liked this one. Great concept, well executed.
Edward Davies
Such a fun book for kids - I loved every minute of it.
This is the funniest book ever!
Good for children
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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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