Review: The Worm and the Bird, by Coralie Bickford-Smith.

Laurence and I visited Salts Mill (primarily its amazing bookshop) a couple of months ago with our friends Katie and Amélie, and I saw the new book from Coralie Bickford-Smith, whose book The Fox and the Star we love. I just had to buy it for him for Christmas! If you’ve ever seen one of her books, you’ll understand the compulsion and, I imagine, will have succumbed to it in the past yourself.

We have the beautiful hardback edition, with copper-coloured metallic images on a plain back background. However, the paperback has a beautiful cover too. Coralie Bickford-Smith’s illustrations are something else. You can imagine Prince George has a bedroom designed and decorated by her- it’d be a sight rich to behold!

Her stories are incredible too. Here, we have Worm, busy busy busy in his tight, cramped home underground. He can’t stop to take a look- that’s for another day. Meanwhile, Bird sits waiting patiently through all weathers and times of day, implacably patient.

What happens when their worlds collide might surprise you.

What a stunning book from an extremely talented author/illustrator. If you don’t have this- get it! We loved it, and will keep and treasure this book always!


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