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The Fox and the Star: Coralie Bickford-Smith

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These are two of the most beautiful books I have ever added to my shelves and just feeling the weight of the pages is an experience in and of itself. It enhanced the heartfelt story, that tugged on my heartstrings from the first introduction to Fox's character and ensured this a beautiful tale that all age ranges will appreciate. Her first book, The Fox and the Star, was chosen for Waterstones Book of the Year and is included in Time Out's 100 Best Children's Books.

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. I liked how clever the art was in places too, using kinda negative space and/or repeating shapes to reveal others. If you are considering purchasing this book, do yourself a favor and get the hardcover, it is truly worth every penny.Her design work has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times and The Guardian. Don't get me wrong, it was lovely, but I think the majority of the appeal of this book is the artwork. Presenting the award, Waterstones’ managing director James Daunt described The Fox and the Star as, "a book of great physical beauty and timeless quality, one that will surely join that very special group of classic tales that appeal equally to children and adults".

The repetition of the forms makes it easy to follow and simple to grasp, but it also has a uniformity to it and a grace. The Fox and the Star is a glorious book that I immediately put on display on my desk, the perfect gift for all ages.

the words don't make up a bad story, it's just a bit meandering and lackluster and can be summed up as, "oh, there it is. The Fox and the Star is inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement and the art of William Blake and is certainly an experience. The Daily Telegraph's art critic Alastair Smart said: " The Fox and the Star has the mood of a classic fable about it, but the visuals are every bit as important here as the text.

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