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."
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
Coralie Bickford-Smith is a designer at Penguin Books. Her first book, The Fox and the Star, was named Waterstones Book of the Year and as one of Time Out's 100 Children's Books of All Time. Her design work has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times and the Guardian. Her cover design has been recognised by AIGA in the United States and DAD in the UK.