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.

The Family from One End Street by Eve Garnett

The Family from One End Street was published in 1937. A quick look at some of the key events of that year reminds us that this lonely and unloved decade … Continue reading

June 6, 2017 · 7 Comments

Ladybird Books

The Museum of English Rural Life is a fantastic small museum. It’s in Reading in the UK (part of the university), and has just reopened its exhibiting spaces after a … Continue reading

March 29, 2017 · 4 Comments

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

A Vulpes Classic, originally posted in 2013, but worth another look. At the risk of incurring the wrath of my fellow Bookfoxes and Xmasphobes everywhere, I’m going to talk about … Continue reading

December 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

Writing books and eating cake

Blog post by Lisa Glass I recently released the final book in my beach trilogy (Blue – Air – Ride) and while much of the writing was done at home … Continue reading

September 23, 2016 · 2 Comments

There’s a Shark in the Bath, by Sarah McIntyre

What would you do if you found a shark in your bath? Or a whole family of them? A bathroom adventure packed with sharks, sea creatures and silliness. As a … Continue reading

April 20, 2016 · 2 Comments

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

Today’s fox ought to be the elusive Thought Fox, as you will see, and here s/he is – a midnight fox, if not leaving footprints in the snow. It’s a … Continue reading

April 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

VL Random-Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight

When VL decided to participate in the celebration of all things published in 1938, I was curious to learn why that particular year was chosen. Bookfox Simon explained on his … Continue reading

April 14, 2016 · 6 Comments

The Stumps of Flattop Hill by Kenneth Kit Lamug

When my kids were small I used to read to them a lot, usually in an effort (doomed) to get the little blighters to go to sleep. I’d let them … Continue reading

February 1, 2016 · 2 Comments

Poo Bum by Stephanie Blake

I must admit I paused before offering a review of this picture book. Vulpes Libris is a serious site. The content is eclectic, sure enough, but it’s a rare week … Continue reading

December 16, 2015 · 3 Comments

Max at Night by Ed Vere

Way back in 2011, I reviewed a book here called Mr Big, written and illustrated by the very talented Ed Vere. It had delighted – and still delights – my … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · 11 Comments

Hiro Kamigaki and Chihiro Maruyama: Pierre the Maze Detective

Guest reviewer Lucy reviews a wondrous Japanese children’s book of art and play. Pierre the Maze Detective: The Search for the Stolen Maze Stone is a shining example of how to … Continue reading

October 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Lucy Ladybird by Sharon King-Chai

This is a repost of a VL Classic of a children’s book worthy of more attention. This is a serious site. In fact, in some quarters, it has a reputation … Continue reading

October 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Children’s literature: for white children only?

By Leila Rasheed Leila Rasheed is a children’s author. She also teaches creative writing in a variety of contexts including at the University of Warwick. Independently, she has developed and … Continue reading

September 28, 2015 · 23 Comments

Victorian Fairy Tales – edited by Michael Newton

Fairy tales have been under a presumed threat of extinction for at least a couple of centuries. Each successive generation mourns the modern pressures and loss of innocence that they … Continue reading

July 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

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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.)