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A Fox Called Herbert

Written by Margaret Sturton

Illustrated by Margaret Sturton

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A Fox Called Herbert Review

Debuts of the Month Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 3+ readers Featured Books for 5+ readers Stories about Animals

Delightful family based story about identity and love

March 2021 Debut of the Month | Selected for The Book Box by LoveReading4Kids

Margaret Sturton announces herself as a major picture book talent with her debut. Little rabbit Herbert loves foxes. Indeed, he loves them so much he wants to be one, making himself a pair of fox ears and a tail. At first his mummy is amused, then angry when he messes up the living room with red paint and cuts up her dress to make a tail. When she sees him out playing as a fox, despite her instruction to be a ‘good little rabbit’, she is cross again, until she suddenly realises how important it is to Herbert to be a fox. The story is full of comic moments and the little rabbit family will be recognisable to all readers. It’s also a wonderful story about identity and love, delivered lightly but most effectively. Highly recommended.

Andrea Reece

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As read by Stephen Fry for Save the Children's #SaveWithStories Campaign

A Fox Called Herbert Synopsis

Meet Herbert: the rabbit who knows he was born to be a fox. When his mummy isn't looking, he puts on pointy fox ears, makes himself a bushy tail, and asks his sister to paint him orange, just like a fox. But Mummy doesn't understand: why can't he just be a good rabbit?

A Fox Called Herbert is a true celebration of being ourselves and supporting our loved ones. Let this joyful tale inspire you to be who you are and follow your dreams.

A Fox Called Herbert Press Reviews

[Margaret Sturton is] most definitely a talent to watch with interest. - Books for Keeps

This is a charming picture book about identity and acceptance. The colourful illustrations are full of warmth, personality and gentle humour, adding another layer of depth to the tale ... The expressions and body language of the characters enable readers to recognise a range of different emotions, which should help them to develop skills of empathy and emotional awareness. - BookTrust

Margaret Sturton announces herself as a major picture book talent with her debut... a wonderful story about identity and love, delivered lightly but most effectively. -- Andrea Reece - LoveReading4Kids

This lovely picture introduces themes of identity and acceptance to young children through bright, expressive illustrations and visual clues to help children predict what will happen next. - Time Out Dubai

Herbert was definitely me as a kid. . . brought tears to my eyes. And the illustrations are so tactile and expressive. -- Candy Gourlay - BookTrust, Best Books of 2020

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ISBN: 9781783449330
Publication date: 04/03/2021
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781783448708
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783449330
Publication date: 4th March 2021
Author: Margaret Sturton
Illustrator: Margaret Sturton
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Animals
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month

About Margaret Sturton

Margaret Sturton is a Hampshire-based author and illustrator who studied a BA and MA in Fine Art Sculpture, and subsequently gained an MA in Children's Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. Margaret's mixed ethnic heritage inspires her exploration of identity and belonging, and A Fox Called Herbert came to her on a train journey as the words 'I am a fox' sprung into her mind.

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