Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Spotlight Post: General Falconius Fox and the Roman Invasion of Britain by: Andrew Lauder

Title: General Falconius Fox and the Roman Invasion of Britain
Author: Andrew Lauder
Publisher: Self
Published: Sept. 4, 2015
Pages: 40
Buy links: amazon, amazon.uk

This series of historically based children's books is written in beautiful English, follows much of the Uk school history curriculum and is full of exciting and evocative scenes at key moments of British history, with the amazing Foxes of Foxwood as the star characters. Sir Foxley -Fox is a great story teller and The Heroic Foxes of Foxwood series is all about generations of his family of foxes who have all played a leading role in great moments of British history, dating back to Julius Caesar. Both parents and grandparents will discover amusing, adult orientated nuggets hidden in each book - (hence the tales are for ages 8-108!)- and there are wonderful coloured illustrations by prize -winning artist Dan Ungureanu. Falconius Fox is a bright young fox living in Rome, with a liking for Roman chickens. When he is caught stealing from a farm belonging to Julius Caesar, his only way to avoid a brutal death is to convince all the other foxes around Rome, NOT to steal the Romans' chickens. Julius Caesar is so impressed that Falconius is witty, speaks several languages and is a very quick thinker, he is invited to invade Britain with Caesar ......

Book 1: General Falconius Fox and the Roman Invasion of Britain' Available to buy from 30th September 2015
“It was a typical English, autumnal day in Foxwood, with a thick mist covering all the trees and bushes and droplets of water dripping lazily down from the uppermost branches and plopping onto the smaller bushes below. The mist was so thick that even the old oak tree, that had stood in that wood for many generations, could only be seen from a few metres away.”
Narrated by the brave and wonderful Sir Foxley-Fox, 'The Heroic Foxes of Foxwood' series describes monumental moments in history through the eyes and experiences of Sir Foxley-Fox's ancestors.
We begin with 'General Falconius Fox and the Roman Invasion of Britain' available to buy now.
Descriptive and entertaining, author Andrew Lauder has poured his love of history and languages into his stories. The series sees us leap from the Roman Empire to the Battle of Trafalgar to Raleigh and Drake and 1066, with each story supported by the exquisite illustrations of Dan Ungureanu - the 2015 V&A Student Illustration Award runner-up, who was also recently awarded an MA from the Cambridge School of Art.
With enough joy and affection in each book to warm hearts on a cold night and a fair share of bloody battles and suspense to captivate the wriggliest of readers 'The Heroic Foxes of Foxwood' series is sure to entertain everyone from the ages of 8 to 108. But be warned, they may become addictive.

Andrew Lauder

From an early age Andrew Lauder always enjoyed acting, writing poetry and stories and was lucky enough to go to Christ’s College at Cambridge University, where he studied French and German both of which he speaks fluently.
His career began in export and was fortunate enough to have had adventures in over 70 countries. For the last 20 years of his business life, he turned companies around from loss to profit, as Managing Director, including Waddington Games.
He now lives in Cyprus with his wife where he is retired. It was after a life-threatening accident just 10 months ago that he realised he wanted to do something for future generations, having been given an extra chance.
His favourite books are the Wind in the Willows and the Jungle Book “so it was only a short step before Sir Foxley-Fox became a real character in my mind” he says.
On writing his stories, Andrew adds: "My aim in writing what will be a series of historically based books, is to show everyone from 8 - 108 how much fun history can be and through exciting descriptive scenes, show them the beauty of the English language, all tied in with larger than life foxy characters who have been responsible for great moments in British history!"

Dan Ungureanu - Illustrator

Dan was born in Romania and at an early age preferred colour pencils to any toy. The only thing he ever wanted to do was to draw.
Dan was recently awarded an M.A. in children’s book illustration from the Cambridge School of Art and was the student runner-up for the Victoria & Albert Illustration Award in 2015.
“I love history, so when Andrew asked me to do the illustrations for 'The Heroic Foxes of Foxwood' series, it all came easily, thanks to great character and the scenic descriptions from Andrew and to the likeable nature of the foxes in his story – I just love them and I hope that this is apparent in my illustrations. I can’t wait to get started on his next book, 'First Officer Fox and the Battle of Trafalgar'.

'General Falconius Fox and the Roman Invasion of Britain' is available to buy from 30th September from Amazon

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