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.

Surfing something other than the internet

Well, this is a self-serving post if ever there was one, because today my coming-of-age surf novel BLUE is released by Quercus Children’s Books. But Vulpes Libris played a big … Continue reading

June 5, 2014 · 5 Comments

The Friday Gospels, by Jenn Ashworth

Since this is my final review of 2013, and I’ve spent most of the year reviewing children’s books, I’m taking this opportunity to talk about an adult novel. It’s a … Continue reading

November 20, 2013 · 6 Comments

Winter’s Child by Angela McAllister and Grahame Baker-Smith

I’ve always had a slightly rocky relationship with winter. As a child, I used to feel absolutely distraught when summer was over. Summer meant swimming in the river, walking the … Continue reading

November 6, 2013 · 4 Comments

Dear Father Christmas, by Alan Durant. Illustrated by Vanessa Cabban

(Almost unheard of in Vulpes Libris history: this is the first of two children’s book reviews this week, as our lovely new Bookfox KirstyD is here tomorrow with another.) At … Continue reading

October 23, 2013 · 2 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

This week on Vulpes Libris is jam-packed with delicious books. We’re six years old now, so we’ve put on our least leaky walking shoes, our warmest winter coats and trekked … Continue reading

October 20, 2013 · 2 Comments

Happy Birthday to Us!

We are 6! Yes, Vulpes Libris was begun by Founder Fox Leena six years ago today! That was in 2007, if you are as bad at math as I am. … Continue reading

October 18, 2013 · 11 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

A Tale of Two Dogs: Oh No, GEORGE! by Chris Haughton, and Black Dog by Levi Pinfold

For the past few months I’ve been on a picture book spree. I haven’t blown this much money on books since I was a teenager, and it’s possible that I … Continue reading

September 20, 2013 · 5 Comments

Olive and the Bad Mood, by Tor Freeman

What do we think of grumpy heroines? Annoying? Refreshing? In this house we love them. You don’t very often see grumpy heroines in children’s books, where heroines tend to be … Continue reading

July 31, 2013 · 8 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

It’s all a bit dramatic on Vulpes Libris this week, what with runaway brides, dangerous motherhood, epic history and Jackie’s best reads of the year. I could pretend that I … Continue reading

June 2, 2013 · 2 Comments

Foxly’s Feast by Owen Davey

Foxly’s tummy is rumbling… He’s looking for a fantastic feast and has some big ideas, but could there be more to Foxly than meets the eye? Tuck into this tasty … Continue reading

May 31, 2013 · 4 Comments

Lucy Ladybird by Sharon King-Chai

This is a serious site. In fact, in some quarters, it has a reputation for taking things too seriously. Over the past six years, we have posted lots of fun … Continue reading

May 16, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

I remember quite clearly the moment that I first encountered The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I was in the first year of primary school and the teacher brought out this huge … Continue reading

April 18, 2013 · 5 Comments

Vulpes Randoms

As part of a new series of “Vulpes Randoms,” which will run during the empty days in our schedule, today we feature portraits of people who aren’t biologically related, yet … Continue reading

February 12, 2013 · 3 Comments



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  • (The header image is from Aesop's Fables, illustrated by Francis Barlow (1666), and appears courtesy of the Digital and Multimedia Center at the Michigan State University Libraries.)