Author(s): Coralie Bickford-Smith
From the award-winning designer of the iconic Penguin Hardcover Classics comes a beautifully illustrated fable about loss, friendship, and courage
The Fox and the Star is the story of a friendship between a lonely Fox and the Star who guides him through the frightfully dark forest. Illuminated by Star's rays, Fox forages for food, runs with the rabbits, and dances in the rain--until Star suddenly goes out and life changes, leaving Fox huddling for warmth in the unfamiliar dark. To find his missing Star, Fox must embark on a wondrous journey beyond the world he knows--a journey lit by courage, newfound friends, and just maybe, a star-filled new sky.
Inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement and the art of William Blake, The Fox and the Star is a heartwarming, hopeful tale which comes alive through Bickford-Smith's beloved illustrations, guiding readers both young and grown to "look up beyond your ears."
Winner of Waterstones Book of the Year 2015.
Brilliant ... A delight -- Philip Pullman Intricate, exquisite... An outstanding gift for five-plus readers -- Amanda Craig, 'Picture Book of the Year' New Statesman [A] brief, beautiful book about overcoming grief ... If ever there was a reason to down the Kindle and go back to paper, this is it ... An object of sheer gorgeousness ... Every page is visually stunning, bringing her fable to life ... 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 It's great ... Individual, elegantly and impeccably designed, and with a touching story; and it's technically and graphically intriguing -- David Gentleman The Fox and the Star is not a Christmas book, but it does have a Christmas feel and, with its decorative clothbound cover, makes a per-fect gift. The design and drawing are so beautifully considered that I would like to frame each page -- Lauren Child, Guardian 'Books of the Year' Colourful, substantial and something to keep forever Stylist [The Fox and the Star] has the mood of a classic fable Telegraph [This] beautifully illustrated picture book contains a moving message about love, loss and learning to accept change Marie Claire
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 Blake's Eternity and the graphic work of William Morris.