The Fearless Fox & Daring Deer is a delightful new rhyming children’s picture book which has been written and beautifully illustrated to raise money for the NHS in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rainbow posters created by children have been seen in windows all over the country. This is their tribute to NHS workers, and The Fearless Fox & Daring Deer book aims to build on this. All of the proceeds from your donation will go to our NHS and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust's nationally pioneering Arts in Mental Health Service.

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The Story

"Follow the fearless adventures of the Fox and Deer as they take their friends down into the empty town, where the humans are locked indoors. As they sing a message of hope for a better future, they dare to imagine a world where humans and animals can live together in harmony.”

The story was inspired by news reports about animals all around the world, venturing into towns and cities during lockdown. Aimed at children aged between 3 and 11, but can be enjoyed by people of all ages, discover the adventures of all the woodland creatures as they play human games in the empty town. Here’s a taster of the story which gives a message of hope during times of crisis:

Everything was quiet in the town,
The humans were no longer around,
They’d caught an infection,
And had no protection,
And all the shops were closed down.

You can make all of the animal noises and dance moves with your children, and spot the different animals in the illustrations:

The animals came down in pairs,
Stoats and Rabbits from their lairs,
Ducks and Voles,
Weasels and Moles,
And Badgers and Beavers and Hares.

And sing the Rainbow song together...

“This is our rainbow song,
Which as one we’ll sing so strong,
Our message is clear,
Let’s not live in fear,
We’ve all been living so wrong!”

Operating five days a week, 50 weeks a year, The Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust’s Arts in Mental Health service covers an ever-expanding range of art forms, applying the arts therapeutically to show how being creative and developing artistic skills can be an effective way of supporting health, wellbeing and recovery. Activities are led by professional artists, participatory artists and/or volunteers in collaboration with mental health professionals and service users.

Arts in Health Coordinators work closely with a range of partners and other organisations, including WORD! - a Leicester based poetry organisation, nationally unique in that it is co-produced by an NHS Trust.

In these unprecedented times of isolation, the arts have never been as important for people’s mental wellbeing. Your donation will go directly towards supporting this invaluable NHS service.

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What grown ups think

"This is such a gorgeous, accessible and inclusive piece of work, beautifully written and with the friendliest and most stunning illustrations. It's also really helpful - educationally as a home-schooling reading resource, but also from the perspective of supporting the mental health, wellbeing and resilience of young children. It offers parents, families and carers a way of explaining and making sense of a confusing and potentially very emotionally challenging time. We're keen to ensure as many children are able to access it as possible, with those from households on low incomes and perhaps otherwise struggling being able to access it for free, and others being able to directly benefit whilst supporting the ongoing mental health focused work of our NHS."
- Lydia Towsey, Arts in Mental Health Co-ordinator, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

“Lockdown gave me an opportunity to explore nearby woods, fields and nature trails with my two children, and that has been a really positive distraction. I love the fact that this book reminds us that we share our world with animals and that their view of it is uncomplicated by all the “stuff” humans get bogged down in. And that there’s room for all of us. “Stuff” just seems less important now. I think children can really relate to that idea of sharing the world with creatures who play with as much joy and abandon as they do.”
- Natalie Vernon, mum of two

What kids think

“It’s a good book because I like animals and I like that they are sharing the land because that shows respect. It is one of our values at school, so I like to see the animals showing respect. It was a good story because the animals were making a tune for the humans and that is good sharing. Coronavirus makes me sad but the animals made it not sad because they made the humans happy with their tune. I want to thank the man who wrote it because he is showing we shouldn’t be scared of coronavirus.”
- Sonny (6 years old)

“It’s excellent. I think that it’s about not going to war with animals, psychically or mentally, and respecting animals and humans alike. It’s a good story with a good rhythm which gets in your head. I think younger kids will get a different aspect on how animals stay strong, and so should we. That’s really inspiring for them.”
- Emile (11 year old)

“I like the Deer the best, and all the animals playing on the slides and swings in the empty school playground.”
- Mia (3 year old)

"I loved it. My favourite bit was the singing part, because I liked the rainbow and that the animals were singing and dancing together.”
Frankie (6 years old)

"I liked all of the animals sitting on the rainbow and singing. I liked the boy giving the fox the rainbow scarf, and all of the rainbows, and I loved all of the animals singing the song - and I loved one more animal, and it's the rabbit, and the frog, and the beaver, and the duck sitting on the truck, and the badger, and the goat. My favourite animal was the deer - and the fox."
- Ruby Rose (4 years old)

Donate & Download

Pay whatever you can afford. All of the proceeds from your donation will go to our NHS, and you will receive a beautiful 20 page e-book to read. We will email you a link straight away to download your e-book.

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Joe Nixon is the Founder and Creative Director of Leicester and London based advertising agency Arch Creative.

In April 2020, Joe was ill with Covid-19 and when he was in bed he read one of the first articles about urban animals taking to the empty streets - Mountain Goats in Llandudno and Foxes and Deer on the streets of London during the daytime. Joe was inspired to write a story for his young niece and nephews, who were finding it difficult to understand why they were trapped at home during lockdown. The book has entertained them and given them hope for a better world when the crisis is over.

The Author

The Illustrator

Ami-Lou Harrison is a Nottingham based Illustrator and Designer. Joe is friends with Ami and has worked with her on previous projects, so he contacted Ami to help bring his story to life.

Ami’s beautifully joyful illustrations perfectly capture the uplifting message of positivity. From Beavers and Badgers to Rabbits and Hares, Ami has illustrated a wide range of woodland creatures who mischievously play together in the empty streets and school playground.

You can see more of Ami’s lovely work here:

Long after the lockdown is over, the book acts as a reminder of when times were different, the environment started to repair itself and families grew closer. The story is an important educational tool and we’ve also created a free educational activity pack for home schooling and schools to use.

Download your Free activity pack here.

The book is dedicated to all of the NHS staff, carers and frontline workers, and all of those who have lost their lives during the Covid-19 pandemic. If you would like to get involved with the Fearless Fox & Daring Deer adventure, we'd love to hear from you! Get in touch at

Activity Pack