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.

Bilbo’s Last Song by J R R Tolkien and Pauline Baynes

I’ve just moved house for the 25th and (I hope) last time. When you move house that often there are, almost inevitably, boxes which you just never get around to … Continue reading

June 29, 2016 · 4 Comments

How to take a poem apart

First, why do this? Because if you can find the poem’s structure, you’ll know more about it. You’ll know what the poet was working from when she was fitting the … Continue reading

June 11, 2013 · 8 Comments

Is quaintness enough?

I requested Topsy Turvy Tales by Charlotte Boulay-Goldsmith and Laura Hyde when it was offered to the Book Foxes for review because I like  illustrated poetry, and I was rather … Continue reading

July 25, 2012 · 3 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

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

Poetry Week: The Booktime Book of Fantastic First Poems, edited by June Crebbin.

Roses are red Violets are blue I did like this book But some of it was . . . really quite bizarre, you know, and I wasn’t at all sure … Continue reading

May 21, 2011 · 17 Comments

Poetry Week on Vulpes Libris

Welcome to the Third Annual Poetry Week here on VL! This year we have a wide range of styles, time periods and themes, from the silly to the serious. So … Continue reading

May 15, 2011 · 2 Comments

Is Your Mama A Llama? Written by Deborah Guarino and illustrated by Steven Kellogg.

*New* To read Vulpes Libris’s exclusive interview with Deborah Guarino, please click here. Repeat after me: “Is your mama a llama?” I asked my friend Dave. “No, she is not,” … Continue reading

February 23, 2011 · 16 Comments

A hodgepodge of kids poetry

I am a little bit of a poetry junkie.  In fact I have been known to trap people in the kids section reading them one after the other after the … Continue reading

May 29, 2010 · 15 Comments

Thursday Soapbox: Poetry Still Matters

When many people think of poetry, they probably imagine a guy in a puffy-sleeved shirt haughtily intoning incomprehensible sentences. Even folks who read other sorts of books will shy away … Continue reading

May 27, 2010 · 16 Comments

Poetry Week on Vulpes Libris

It’s the 2nd Annual Poetry Week on VL and this time we take a more intimate angle. Not only do we discuss the poems, some of them classics, but we … Continue reading

May 23, 2010 · 2 Comments

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

When I was little, I had an oversized version of this poem, a book shaped like Santa, the cover fuzzy where his red suit was and filled with lavish watercolor … Continue reading

December 22, 2008 · 9 Comments

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Article by Michelle Lewis Like many native English speakers of my generation, I grew up with Dr. Seuss. The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Green … Continue reading

November 14, 2008 · 13 Comments

Workers and Soldiers, Dogs and Cats: Mayakovsky’s poetry for children

In the introductory piece on Mayakovsky earlier in this series, we discovered that this chaotic and volatile Old Bolshevik became required reading for generations of Soviet schoolchildren after his death … Continue reading

July 8, 2008 · 7 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.)