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The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith | Ages 4+ years

The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith | Ages 4+ years

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*STAFF FAVORITE — Beautiful art and story

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 sky.

Inspired by 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.'


  • Waterstones Book of the Year 2015
  • Time Out 100 Best Children’s Books of All Time
  • Recognized Artist by The American Institute of Graphic Design
  • Recognized Artist by Design and Art Direction in the United Kingdom


  • The Fox and the Star
  • Written and illustrated by Coralie Bickford-Smith.
  • Published by Penguin Books, November 10, 2015.
  • Ages 4+ Years
  • 0.6" H x 9.9" L x 7.1" W (1.0 lbs) 64 pages
  • Hardcover
  • Beautiful Cloth-Bound Cover


What keeps the pages turning is the remarkable illustrations, which shift from spread to spread... It's a spectacular show of friendship's power to change and fill lives."
The Boston Globe 

"A beautiful piece of design coupled with thoughtful prose...[a] masterpiece."

"The most physically beautiful book I had the pleasure of holding in my hands in 2015...Really, The Fox and the Star is an art book, a chance for the abundantly talented Bickford-Smith--best-known for designing the crave-worthy Penguin hardcover classics--to create an entire book from scratch. The simple story of a young fox who loses his best friend only to discover a whole new world makes a sweet premise, but the main attraction is Bickford-Smith's masterful exercise of the book designer's craft. "
Laura Miller, Slate

"A delightful surprise for fairy tale lovers of all ages."

"Book designer Coralie Bickford-Smith has created a volume that's as close to a work of art as anything mass-produced can be...It's a quiet allegory made perfect by exquisite, pattern-based illustrations printed on heavy paper. While older children will be mesmerized, The Fox and the Star is for readers of any age who appreciate sophisticated visuals. Grade: A+"
Cleveland Plain Dealer

"One of the most beautiful kids books in recent memory."
St. Louis Post-Dispatch 

"An unusual, pleasantly old-fashioned... gorgeous production value and moving illustrations."


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