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Gilly Martin the Fox Hardcover – April 12, 1994

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  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; 1st edition (April 12, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1562825178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1562825171
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,135,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Although the cast of this centuries-old Scottish tale includes a prince, a princess and a multi-headed giant, the real mastermind is, intriguingly, a shape-shifting fox. When the Witch of Alban casts a spell on the Prince of Alban to bring her the Blue Falcon, Gilly Martin the Fox comes to his aid. He quarterbacks the Prince's quest, which evolves into a series of quests involving a Giant with Five Heads, the Seven Big Women, the King of Erin and the King of Lochlann, whose daughter the Prince falls in love with. In the end, the Prince proves his bravery, the spell is broken, he and the Princess are to marry, and he promises Gilly Martin that "forever and always, the law of Alban shall be that none of you foxes shall ever come to any harm." Composed in a classic fairy-tale style, McDermott's watercolors match the mood of this lighthearted Scottish adventure--comfortably familiar, but with a welcome twist. Ages 5-9.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4-Hunter has ably condensed this centuries-old tale from Scotland. It is an involved story about a sly fox who, for his own amusement, insinuates himself into the quest of the Prince of Alban. In order to escape the spell of the wicked Witch of Alban, the young man must locate a special Blue Falcon. At each step of the way, Gilly Martin guides the prince only to have something go wrong. Eventually the fox, who is also a "shape shifter," is able to bring things to a happy conclusion. Along the way the prince encounters a five-headed giant, a sword called the White Glave of Light, a Bay Filly that runs faster than the wind, and-of course-a beautiful princess. There is a symmetry to the adventures and problems and a satisfactory settling of accounts. The writing flows smoothly and carries readers along as easily as Gilly Martin changes from fox to sturdy row boat to sailing ship. McDermott has created suitable images of the gallant prince and the princess, but they're a little on the sweet side. Altogether, a much appreciated addition to folk and fairy-tale collections.
Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Naomi Williams on March 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Unlike most of Mollie Hunter's books, this is not a novel, but a gorgeously illustrated short story. If you like fairy tales, you won't be disappointed.
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