Book Review: The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Book Review: The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith


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I must confess, I bought Coralie Bickford-Smith’s The Fox and the Star purely because it’s utterly beautiful. Given the name of this blog, it’s probably no surprise. I was especially intrigued when it won the Waterstones Book of the Year. It’s the sort of book that you discover while browsing the shelves of your favourite bookshop and cannot help but pick up, although I bought my copy from a small bookshop that I hadn’t visited before.

Coralie Bickford-Smith is the award-winning designer of the iconic clothbound Penguin Classics and so I knew before I peeked inside that the illustrations would be as beautiful as the exquisite cover design. The Fox and the Star is inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement and the art of William Blake and is certainly an experience. Much of the book lets the pictures speak for themselves; words are unnecessary. But that doesn’t mean that the words aren’t lovely too. The Fox and the Star is the sweet story of one fox finding the courage to step out into the dangerous, dark world to find his lost star.

The Fox and the Star is a glorious book that I immediately put on display on my desk, the perfect gift for all ages.

“Once there was a Fox who lived in a deep, dense forest. For as long as Fox could remember, his only friend has been Star, who lit the forest paths for Fox each night. But then one night, Star was not there, and Fox had to face the darkness all alone…”


Published: August 2015
Publisher: Penguin Books
Pages: 64

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20 thoughts on “Book Review: The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

  1. I’ve been picking this one up for weeks in my local Waterstones, finally succumbed yesterday! Looking forward to starting this one over the break. Hoe you have a great Christmas!

  2. I really enjoyed this book. So gorgeous and sweet.

  3. Absolutely gorgeous! I’m always on the hunt for new picture books – this’ll definitely go on my wish list!!

  4. Stunning! Will be checking this book out for sure. Merry Christmas :)

  5. So excited to read this one – I think I will crack it open today in fact!

  6. This looks absolutely gorgeous! I saw that this had been rated one of the best books of the year but didn’t know much about it. Thanks for filling me in. :)

  7. Stacey. Oh, I’m so upset. I never ended up buying a copy. Now I’m really regretting that!

  8. I bought a copy the other day after reading this review and I’ve saved it as my first book of the year – SUPER excited! I’ve already had a quick flick through and the illustrations are so, so gorgeous.

  9. […] reading Stacey’s review of The Fox and the Star, I knew I had to read it so when I went into my local Waterstones a few […]

  10. This is a book I found why hanging around in my local book shop. My eye fell on it – figuratively, of course – as it is one of these books that is easily overlooked, but it “had” something. So I bought it, as it is also a very nice example of Gestalt laws and such. A very nice book indeed.

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