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