Last week after seeing images online I impulsively bought a new book by Coralie Bickford-Smith (of Penguin book cover fame) called The Fox and The Star. It is a children's book and is probably one of the most beautiful books I have ever owned. I would seriously not let a child touch this book, it is far too beautiful for drool and grubby fingers, so if I ever do have children they will have to sit on the other side of the room whilst I read it to them! (haha).
I have long been an admirer of Coralie's work and the attention to detail from the cloth bound cover, to the colour palette, to the little details in the illustrations are just spot on. The pages are beautifully thick and creamy (have I every told you about my obsession with stroking paper?) and so along with the hard bound cover this book feels really great to hold in your hands and very sturdy. I also really appreciate that the pages are on uncoated stock rather than silk which is what I think children's books are often printed on.
The story is sweet and simple and something that I can totally imagine reading to a child and them enjoying - but as you might expect the illustrations are what really make it and what makes the story come to life. I really love how the colour palette is mostly dark colours, navy blues, blacks and greys and then you get the amazingly bright pops of orange from the Fox and other details.
I don't normally buy myself children's books but I have to admit that I think that that this is a book that I will look at over and over again even if I never have children because it is so well done. If you haven't checked out Coralie's work before I would really recommend doing it and if you are a lover of books and illustration then this is the book for you - whether you have children or not!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend whatever you are up to! I am going to try and make some time for reading - there really is nothing like holding and feeling physical books in your hand.