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.

Room on the Broom, by Julia Donaldson. Illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

Then out of the bushes on thundering paws There bounded a dog with the hat in his jaws. He dropped it politely, then eagerly said (As the witch pulled the … Continue reading

July 4, 2012 · 5 Comments

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. Illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Sound Book.

To buy a classic board book or to splash out on a flashy edition with ten different sound effects? The book snob in me says that no amount of bells … Continue reading

April 18, 2011 · 8 Comments

Children’s Book Week: A Coffee with Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson Interview (Part 2). When Julia Donaldson, celebrated author of favourite children’s books like The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, A Squash and A Squeeze and The Snail and the … Continue reading

July 9, 2008 · 16 Comments

Children’s Book Week. Interview: Julia Donaldson (Part 1)

In the first part of our two-part Julia Donaldson extravaganza for Vulpes Children’s Week, author of well-loved picture books “The Gruffalo”, “The Snail and The Whale”, “A Squash and a … Continue reading

July 6, 2008 · 20 Comments

Pip and Posy: The Bedtime Frog by Axel Scheffler

“PipPOsy! PipPOsy!” My little girl, nearly two, is in the grip of a Pip and Posy obsession. The rabbit (Pip) and the mouse (Posy) first entered our lives by way … Continue reading

October 24, 2013 · 4 Comments

A Vulpes Libris round-up of fun and fabulous picture books

Good Little Wolf, by Nadia Shireen. How to be a Real Wolf: 1) Howl at the moon. 2) Blow houses in. 3) Eat people up. Once upon a time there … Continue reading

October 9, 2013 · 7 Comments

Candid opinions from a crowded Den

As the newest in the Den, I wasn’t really up to speed on ALL the Bookfoxes’ greatest hits, so instead I gladly snapped up the chance to collate these candid … Continue reading

October 18, 2012 · 8 Comments

3 picture books my kid loves.

Anyone who has ever spent time looking after small children will know that bedtime stories can be a mixed blessing. I am a writer, a reader and a book blogger, … Continue reading

August 29, 2012 · 9 Comments

Vulpes Libris’ All Time Greats: The Top Ten – Number 10.

At Number 10 and originally published on December 17th, 2007, one of our ‘mulitple contributor’ features … FAVOURITE BOOKS FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE:  PICTURE BOOKS. The start of … Continue reading

July 10, 2012 · 8 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

We have lots of strong and feisty sorts this week (and that’s just in the Bookfox den, har har) as well as Jackie’s thoughts on the American Revolution. Monday: Jackie … Continue reading

July 1, 2012 · 1 Comment

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

It’s Spring! Finally, and all at once. I saw my first bluebell last weekend, and now they’re everywhere. Lots to surprise and delight this week – in fact as many … Continue reading

April 17, 2011 · 1 Comment

Save Our Libraries: Theresa Breslin tells us why it’s so important

With “more than 400 libraries under threat of closure” (Guardian website),  the 5th February saw people turning out all over the UK for the Save Our Libraries Day. Edinburgh’s protest … Continue reading

February 17, 2011 · 7 Comments

Save Our Libraries: Read the Text of the Scottish Protest Statement

SCOTTISH PROTEST AT LIBRARY CUTS To: The First Minister and all Members of the Scottish Parliament. We would like to protest at the widespread cuts to the library service taking … Continue reading

February 10, 2011 · 2 Comments

Save Our Libraries Day!

Today, 5th February (my brother’s 40th birthday!) is Save Our Libraries Day in the UK! This means that all over the UK people are coming out in force to protest … Continue reading

February 5, 2011 · 10 Comments



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