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The Fox and the Star



Penguin asked if I wanted to review The Fox and the Star, and I said yes because it is so. damn. pretty. My tiny tiny wonderful nieces are appx 1000x more artistic than I ever was, and all I could think while reading through it was how beautiful the pages were and how much time you could spend on one of them.

Look at that shit.
If you're into loops and whorls and a more natural-style aesthetic, this is very much for you. Lots of repeated patterns and a mix of dense and stark illustrations. I could see it being good for a meditation book since you can use the patterns as a sort of "walk the labyrinth" for your mind.

I'm not gonna say the story was super-compelling to me. The story's not really the point as far as I can tell. There's a fox. It likes looking at a star. The star goes away and the fox goes looking for it. Yeah, there's symbolism, but I think if we take a quick review of my preferred authors, we will quickly see that symbolism is not a favorite of mine.

For that story to interest me, it'd have to be like, the star/bright light the fox saw was actually a princess held captive in a light fortress for years, and when it winked out, it's because a fairy queen led a daring charge upon it and defeated the goblin king and his wizard. Eventually the princess will find the fox and explain the whole thing, and they'll live in an unconventional best-friendship in her castle, righting all social wrongs and making everyone appreciate stars more by leading a campaign against light pollution.

Light pollution: a serious problem we should all think about all the time

So! The Fox and the Star. A meditative picture book that is very pretty. By Coralie Bickford-Smith.

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