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One of our Books of the Year 2015.
November 2015 Debut of the Month.
Oh, this is such a charming and gloriously delightful short tale, about friendship, facing your fears and looking beyond the obvious. The Fox and the Star is a visually stunning story book and would make a perfect present (for others of any age, or yourself!). As soon as you touch the cover, you know that you are holding something special, it reminds me of the Arts and Crafts period, where love and attention was bestowed on every individual piece. The paper is lusciously thick and beautiful, the illustrations are fabulous, mostly black, grey and blue with occasional vibrant splashes of rich orangey red and yellow. Each time you look there is something different to catch your eye, from a scurrying beetle to a hidden rabbit. The striking illustrations wrap around, through and under the text, becoming at one with the words. Coralie Bickford-Smith, an award-winning designer, encourages the story to become a living tangible thing, making this is a book for your forever shelf, it is quite simply, a book to love and cherish.
PS: Make sure you see the short video clip in the synopsis as it reveals a tantalising glimpse of the beauty of this book.
From an award-winning designer comes an original fable about need and loss. Once there was a Fox who lived in a deep, dense forest.
For as long as Fox could remember, his only friend had been Star, who lit the forest paths each night. But then one night Star was not there, and Fox had to face the forest all alone.
Brilliant ... A delight -- Philip Pullman
A per-fect gift ... I would like to frame each page -- Lauren Child, Guardian 'Books of the Year
A star book for all ages... the sort you want to keep for ever -- Kate Kellaway Observer
Intricate, exquisite... An outstanding gift for five-plus readers -- Amanda Craig, 'Picture Book of the Year New Statesman
A classic fable Daily Telegraph
A brief, beautiful book... If ever there was a reason to down the Kindle and go back to paper, this is it ... Her story is a delight ... It would, I think, act as a wonderful salve to anyone of any age who has experienced love and loss -- Alex O'Connell The Times
Colourful, substantial and something to keep forever Stylist
It's great ... Individual, elegantly and impeccably designed, and with a touching story; and it's technically and graphically intriguing -- David Gentleman
[This] beautifully illustrated picture book contains a moving message about love, loss and learning to accept change Marie Claire
Publication date: 27/08/2015
Publisher: Particular Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||27th August 2015|
|Publisher:||Particular Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Debuts of the Month, Modern and Contemporary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Animal stories (Children's / Teenage), Picture storybooks,|
Coralie Bickford-Smith is a designer at Penguin Books. Her book covers have been recognised by the AIGA in the United States and D&AD in the UK, and have featured in numerous international magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, Vogue and the Guardian. Her work on the clothbound series with Penguin Classics attracted worldwide attention and harks back to the world of Victorian book bindings. She has been asked to exhibit and speak about her work in the UK, Sweden, Germany, Portugal and the US. The Fox and the Star is her first book, inspired by William ...More About Coralie Bickford-Smith