Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

Birthday Week on Vulpes Libris

This week is Vulpes Libris’ third birthday. Yes, we’re toddlers now. In that spirit, amid the cake and champagne, we decided to delve into fairy tales and foxes, sometimes both at once, to mark the occasion. And we also wanted to thank you, dear readers, for all your visits and comments over the past three years.

Monday Jackie looks at a new twist on a traditional Japanese fairy tale, The Fox Woman by Kij Johnson.

Tuesday Moira revisits John Masefield’s Reynard the Fox – the classic poem with an almighty twist in the end – to see if it still grips her as much as it did when she was at school.

Wednesday Rosy brings us a piece on the Fox Gospels event

Thursday Anne enjoys the colourful view through the glass in Diana Wynne Jones’ Enchanted Glass (Happy Reads series)

Friday Hilary is both enchanted and slightly repelled by David Garnett’s Lady Into Fox.

Saturday Eve brings us a review of the Ultimate Foxy Tale A.K.A Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl.

Fox drawing courtesy and copyright of Astrid Nielsch . Click on her name to see more of her terrific fantasy art.

6 comments on “Birthday Week on Vulpes Libris

  1. Nikki
    October 11, 2010

    Although I know nothing about children, isn’t three the age when they start throwing their toys out the pram and having screaming tantrums in Tesco? Just askin’…

    Sounds like a good week coming up, looking forward to it!

  2. Christine
    October 11, 2010

    If you are lucky, they wait until they are three . . .

  3. Jackie
    October 11, 2010

    I don’t have kids either, so I’m not sure, but that doesn’t sound like a pleasant shopping trip, does it?
    As for us foxes, I think we are getting mellower. There used to be a lot of screaming & throwing in our first year or so, but we appear to be less prone to that nowadays. Are we maturing or just lacking the energy for a really good tantrum?

  4. Pingback: The Literary Horizon: Lady into Fox, His Monkey Wife « The Literary Omnivore

  5. Asni
    March 9, 2011

    Hi there,

    thank you for featuring my fox on your blog, and for properly crediting it and linking it back to my site!

    I would still have preferred it if you had also asked my permission – which in this case I would have been most happy to grant. So I am herewith granting it to you in retrospect – but maybe, next time, pop an email to the artist? 🙂

    cheers, Astrid

  6. Hilary
    March 9, 2011

    Astrid, thank you for taking it in such good part, and for giving your permission in retrospect. Your fox was so perfect for our birthday week.

    Co-admin, Vulpes Libris

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