I’m not really sure that this is a kids’ book at all. Will little readers or big ones most appreciate its simple fable of courage and friendship and its intricate, exquisite illustrations? “Illustrations” doesn’t seem sufficient to describe the beautiful, Victorian-inspired prints that fill each page with a filigree of leaves, stars, and soil, with bright splashes of color that appear like visitations from another dimension. It’s an object you have to hold it in your hands to fully appreciate. (3 and up)
—Tom Nissley, Phinney Books, Seattle, WA
The Fox and the Star makes a lovely gift, and Phinney Books and other independent bookstores are full of more ideas for holiday giving.