Monday, 27 February 2017

Review: The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Title: The Fox and the Star
Author: Coralie Bickford-Smith
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 64
Genres: Children's, Picture Book, Graphic Novel

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.
There is no doubt the cloth bound hardback edition of this book is just absolutely stunning. The art was simple, yet exquisitely detailed. The colour palette used was perfect as white, greys and blacks give way to a pop of vibrant orange, yellow and red. It truly was a joy to turn each thick page.

The story follows a fox who relies on a star to light his way until one day the star disappears. To be honest, the story started off very strong but the ending fell a little bit flat for me. However, I think the overall message of this book was a good one, and open to interpretation which is something I personally really enjoy.

If I was rating this book just on the illustrations alone it would be a solid five stars, there is no question about that. I am glad I bought this and I overall I think it is a lovely story, it just didn't blow me away.

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