Coralie Bickford Smith is responsible for a number of Penguin classics updated cover designs…..and be warned I’m about to fan girl out….I’m in love with her cover designs!
Sure I may own six copies of Jane Eyre (yes I am serious) but I NEEDED the Coralie Bickford Smith cloth bound copy because it’s stunning!
Her book covers are absolutely beautiful as are her illustrations….every time I see one of her editions I’m in love.
But I had no idea that she was also an author in her own right…..it wasn’t until THE FOX AND THE STAR came across my nightstand for review that I discovered that she was an author of children’s books as well!
I don’t review a lot of children books on my blog, however lately as my biological clock is ticking, the whole family conversation seems to come up more and more often. And of course my biggest concern is my future off springs library!
So when I saw not only the cover of this beautiful book but that it was also a children’s story, I was eager to read it and see if it was worthy to add to my future mini me’s library!
When the book arrived in my mailbox, I held it in awe. The cover is perfect. I love the navy blue background and the cute little fox at the bottom, it just begs to be read and a fine showcase on your bookshelf!
The story is worthy of the cover too. It’s about a sweet little fox that loves his star. The star lights the fox’s way until one day the star is gone and the poor little fox is scared and doesn’t know what to do.
At first the fox hides from the dark and is scared, but eventually he decides he can’t hide forever and he goes looking for his star. What he finds isn’t just his start, but millions of other stars as well. He learns to never give up.
It was a heart warming little story that would be perfect for a nighttime reading with your little ones. It’s a classic story that children and adults will enjoy. But what really makes this book is the illustrations!
The illustrations are so marvelous! I love the navy and orange as the primary colors. They work so well together and are classic and timeless. The cute little forrest scenes, the trees, the animals…..all so cute and each page is different, and you have to ‘follow’ the words on some pages.
The illustrations and the word following make it engaging for reader and child…..on some pages I had to hunt for the fox, I could just see the parent asking their child, ‘where is the fox?’ while they are reading. In my mind this is a book that begs for parent/child reading time.
Sure older kids could read this book all on their own but it’s the kind of book that I see a parent and child reading together as a bedtime story…..just my vision.
The quality of the book and the pages are wonderful. The pages are thick and the illustrations vibrant, it gives the feeling of a special, luxurious book.
I can’t say enough good things about the story, illustrations, and the book itself. It was a real treat to read. I am going to keep this one on a little shelf of honor until I do have a baby one day…..and I plan on going with a woodland nursery some day so this book would fit right in with my decor!
This would make a fun holiday gift for younger kids or new parents to be or even big kids like me that just love beautiful books and illustrations! This is the kind of book that you want to actually buy a physical copy of…sure ebooks are always nice and convenient but books like this can’t be done justice on a computer screen. You need to feel them in you hands to fully appreciate both their story and their illustrations. Do you self (or your loved one) a favor and buy them the hard copy!
I am so glad I got to read this one, it was a lovely story and all around treat for me!
Hardcover, 64 pagesPublished November 10th 2015 by Penguin Books (first published April 28th 2015)
- Review copy provided by: Publisher/Author in exchange for an honest review
This book counts toward: NA
- Hosted by: NA
- Books for Challenge Completed: NA
Recommendation: 5 out of 5
Genre: Children’s lit
Memorable lines/quotes: NA