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.

Michael Rosen’s Sad Book – by Michael Rosen and Quentin Blake

Sometimes I’m sad and I don’t know why. It’s just a cloud that comes along and covers me up. It’s not because Eddie’s gone. It’s not because my mum’s gone. … Continue reading

September 18, 2015 · 4 Comments

Picture Book Joy!

It’s been a while since I sat and read through my Picture Book shelf. (Yes, I have a Picture Book shelf, what of it?) There’s something so wonderful, even as … Continue reading

July 12, 2014 · 9 Comments

The Good Mother Myth ed. by Avital Norman Nathman

The Good Mother. You know her, don’t you? She’s got one or two or three perfect children who, without fail, eat three balanced, healthy meals every day. There are no … Continue reading

March 6, 2014 · 5 Comments

American Bee by James Maguire

Every March, dozens of children from all over the country gather in Washington D.C. for the National Spelling Bee. This book charts some of their journeys, explores the history of … Continue reading

March 3, 2014 · 2 Comments

We’re Gonna Be Famous by Graham Sclater – how music can save a life

Young sisters Hannah and Abi are faced with a dilemma that would not be wished on anyone. How do they help their seriously ill mother who is in desperate need … Continue reading

January 20, 2011 · 5 Comments

KING LEAR: A Kitchen Table Meditation by Edward Petherbridge

In the summer of 2007, Edward Petherbridge travelled to New Zealand to play King Lear on stage, but fell ill after the first rehearsal.  The role had to be recast … Continue reading

November 18, 2010 · 7 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

How to Fit a Car Seat on a Camel, edited by Sarah Franklin

I don’t have kids and it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to take a vacation, so I don’t know what possessed me to pick up this book, … Continue reading

March 29, 2010 · 6 Comments

The Thirteen Treasures by Michelle Harrison

First of all Congratulations to Michelle Harrison for winning the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize with her debut novel The 13 Treasures.  I was lucky enough to have been given a … Continue reading

February 21, 2009 · 13 Comments

Neil Gaiman’s ‘Sandman’: Dream a Little Dream of … Dream?

Article by Kari Maaren. Neil Gaiman has been popping into view quite a lot recently. His twisted children’s tale Coraline is making it to the big screen this Friday; in … Continue reading

February 4, 2009 · 9 Comments

News Flash! Soapbox Special : Darren Shan on Age Branding in Children’s Literature

So I said to the Foxes in the Den: “There’s a massive furore going on about age ranging in children’s books. Darren Shan is very passionate on the subject; I’ll … Continue reading

June 7, 2008 · 38 Comments

Crash by J.A. Henderson

Part of Scottish Literature Week I usually manage to squeeze in some familial anecdote to my reviews, but not today. And I’m grateful. The kids have gone back to school, … Continue reading

April 19, 2008 · 15 Comments

Bookweek Round-up goes Rogue…

So, Book News this week has been left entirely up to me… …bwahahahah *low, evil cackle*. Shall we shake things up a bit? Right – first off, I write for … Continue reading

March 27, 2008 · 19 Comments

The Joshua Files : Invisible City. A review and interview with author MG Harris

“It’s a book.” “That’s not a book!” “It most certainly is,” I say and slide the neon cover from the paperback. “Tah Dah! Book!” “Woah!” No 1 son’s eyes light … Continue reading

March 14, 2008 · 12 Comments



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