Although it begins with a life altering tragedy, the remainder of this story is not only heartwarming but refreshing. It can be taken very lightly, allowing the reader to relax and block out all other thought.
Or you can immerse yourself in this fantasy world, hearing the underlying life skill lessons. Drift, a newborn Red Deer fawn, has the fortune of being befriended by a short sighted, crazy badger, Daisy.
With Daisy's knowledge of the dangers in the forest, the pair set off in search of Drift's family, specifically his Uncle Mo.
Their journey is not only fun but also treacherous, bringing them both the spirit of adventure as they strive to reach their goal. Could there be a happy ending? The Author, David Carter, has lightly scented your mind with a natural ability to share his imagination.
Letting your own imagination loose, you can smell the aroma of forest and see the picturesque surroundings.
He is a well-known English author, with a variety of published articles, as well as a previous novel that I had the pleasure of reviewing.
He has now presented us with another novel, suitable for both children and the young at heart.
Highly Recommended by Reviewer: Cheryl Ellis, Allbooks Review
I thoroughly enjoyed this charming tale set in the beautiful New Forest. Older children will be enchanted by the story as will those adults who are young at heart. Also, younger children will be enthralled by the story if read to them with minor editing of some of the more adult themes.
A plot involving a red deer fawn teaming up with a kindly badger for a scary journey to the ominously named 'Black Woods' may not, at first glance, sound a particularly riveting read for a 57 year old but, despite my best intentions, I have to say that I found myself drawn into David Carter's gentle and charming story of the animals that live in the forest.
And a 7 or 8 year old would, of course, be totally captivated by it all.
This is a simple story, but I think it works for 2 main reasons: firstly, the author clearly has a genuine love of the natural world, and this shines through; secondly, he's very good at characterisation - nothing complicated, but very easy for readers of all ages to empathise with the creatures that inhabit this fantasy world.
'Drift and Badger' isn't trying to be an 'Animal Farm', but it is a good bedtime read for both children and adults alike.
And yes, I'd be up for reading a sequel!