Sunday, 21 February 2016

The Fox and The Star

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.

Rating: ★★★

I loved everything about The Fox and The Star.  If you know me, you will know that I'm a sucker for a pretty cover and this has to be one of the most beautifully designed books I've ever seen.  It just feels really special with its navy cloth bound cover, and inside is even better. First and foremost a picture book, each of the 64 pages is printed on lovely, thick paper and beautifully illustrated by the author.  Her art is reason enough to give this a read.  Absolutely gorgeous!

The story is lovely too, a simple but sweet fable about not giving up and having the courage to go out looking for your light.  I have seen this described as 'a John Lewis advert in book form' and I think this was intended to be a negative comment, but for me it's the perfect way to describe this book!  As a John Lewis advert is typically able to move you in approximately 30 seconds, Coralie Bickford-Smith manages to make you care about Fox and his quest to find Star with very few words and it has the same heartwarming quality to it.  

The moral might be lost on younger children but I think all ages would appreciate the story.  The illustrations also bring an interactive element to it - for example, on some pages the words are placed among the pictures in a kind of trail for the reader to follow and whilst the little fox features on most pages you sometimes have to look a little harder to find him.  I can see this being great for parent child reading and it's definitely one to be treasured - but maybe not given to children who haven't yet learned how to take care of books!

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