My book review of 'Gaspard's Foxtrot' by Zeb Soanes and Illustrated by James Mayhew

Gaspard's Foxtrot

by Zeb Soanes and Illustrated by James Mayhew
Recommended age: 3+
Gaspard's Foxtrot
by Zeb Soanes and Illustrated by James Mayhew

This is certainly a nostalgic read with scenes of busy London streets, tourists viewing the sights and sounds of the capital, and then a gathering of thousands enjoying orchestral music in the Proms in the Park.

It's the third book about Gaspard the Fox, inspired by a real live fox who used to visit the home of the author, and Radio Four announcer, Zeb Soanes (you can read my interview with him and illustrator James Mayhew here).

In this latest adventure, Gaspard accidentally takes the No 38 bus through London. He sees China Town and Piccadilly Circus, the famous umbrella shop and the carvings on a church steeple before getting off at Hyde Park where there is a familiar face on stage and Gaspard becomes a star in the performance.

The story has been turned into a concert work which will be performed in Scotland in May and available to schools online, introducing children to the different instruments in an orchestra and showing how each performer plays their part in making a beautiful piece of music.

It's suitable for readers aged 3 upwards, but will appeal to all ages!

Take a look at my review for 'Gaspard the Fox', introducing the series, here.

Review date: March 2021
Publication date: 4th March 2021