Book review of The Fox and The Star by Coralie Bickford Smith
Book Review

The Fox and The Star – Coralie Pickford-Smith

‘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 wasn’t there, and Fox had to face the forest all alone…’


The Fox and the Star is an absolutely stunning picture book, but don’t think that it’s just for children at all. Everyone, young and old will see the beauty in this book and it should be read by all.

I was drawn to The Fox and The Star by its beautiful cover. We have the beautiful paperback with the fox on its cover, but there is an equally gorgeous hardback with vines over its cover. I was blown away by the artwork and knew it was one I’d want to read to Spike time and time again.

The story is based on the poem Eternity by William Blake. Its a story of loss and grief and longing. Its the story of overcoming all of that and finding something beautiful at the end. I loved the message in the book, and the strong sense of friendship between the fox and his star friend.

Spike loves this book too because there are so many gorgeous illustrations within it. We have spoken about the mood changing and what that does to the colours in the books – they go darker when the fox loses his friend – and how the light reflects on the fox and the forest. I love how each illustration really comes to life and I really think that if I had enough room to frame the entire book and put it up in my house, I would!

Like I say, this isn’t a picture book for children. Its a picture book for everyone and I really think that everyone will enjoy it. It flows like poetry and is the most beautiful book I’ve ever held in my hands.

The Fox and The Star was published on 6th October 2016 by Penguin. My copy was purchased for my daughter.

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