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The Fox and The Star named Waterstones Book of the Year

The Fox and The Star named Waterstones Book of the Year

We are delighted to announce Award-winning designer Coralie Bickford-Smith’s illustrated story as our Waterstones Book of the Year 2015

Posted on 1st December 2015 by Sally Campbell

The Fox and The Star is an utterly charming book. It is a modern fable that tells the story of Fox, who must stray out into the world alone in search of his missing friend, Star. 

It is a tender as well as an elegant children’s book, exploring themes of companionship, loss and coming-of-age.

Each of its pages has been thoughtfully crafted – the magic of the forest at night springs to life in a bold, simple pallet of orange, black and white. From the beautiful clothbound cover through every one of the striking illustrations, the book captivates. It is a book that begs to be lifted and touched, read and re-read.

James Daunt, Waterstones Managing Director, said: “This year a book has won our Book of the Year accolade through the impassioned advocacy of our outstanding children’s booksellers.

The Fox and the Star is 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 Fox and the Star triumphed over a shortlist of extreme quality, which featured titles including the astonishing thriller The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, the much-anticipated Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee, and classicist Mary Beard’s magnum opus, SPQR. 

Our book of the year is one that crackles with imagination and wonder - a stunning children’s book that deserves a place on every book lover's bookshelf, young or old.

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The Fox and the Star (Hardback)

The Fox and the Star (Hardback)

Coralie Bickford-Smith




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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 was not there, and Fox had to face the forest all alone.

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