The Worm and the Bird
A new, beautifully illustrated picture book from the bestselling author of The Fox and the Star, winner of Waterstones Book of the Year 2015.Deep below the earth, Worm dreams of having more space. There's not much room down there.Above, Bird waits, through sun and rain and wind.As the day goes on, will they both find what they are looking for?From the author of The Fox and the Star, this is a book about searching and hoping, and how the smallest moment can be beautiful.

The Worm and the Bird Details

TitleThe Worm and the Bird
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 31st, 2017
PublisherParticular Books
ISBN-139781846149221
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Fiction

The Worm and the Bird Review

  • Simon
    January 1, 1970
    There's not too much I want to say about this book as being a picture book the story is quite condensed. I can say it's a stunning object that I think adults and children alike will love. There is also some mild peril and slight dread I wasn't expecting. Hahaha. It's also perfectly autumnal.
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  • karen
    January 1, 1970
    if this is even half as pretty as The Fox and the Star, i will be thrilled.and i hope the early worm gets that bird...
  • Karen Mace
    January 1, 1970
    A poignant little picture book that is just as beautiful inside as it is outside! A real stunner and one that both children and adults will enjoy on many levels!
  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely beautiful cover, and gorgeous illustrations. A somewhat dark tale about the importance of devoting time to the things that really matter.
  • Andreia
    January 1, 1970
    Read at the Foyles bookshop in Southbank. The book is so beautiful and so fast and easy to read (hello picture books, my old friends) you won't be able to put it down before you finish it. The illustrations are amazing and I really wish I were a child who was learning how to read because this would definitely be my new favourite book. It's about a worm and a bird who are deeply wanting for something and a kind of metaphor about how every one of us is searching for whatever makes us whole at the Read at the Foyles bookshop in Southbank. The book is so beautiful and so fast and easy to read (hello picture books, my old friends) you won't be able to put it down before you finish it. The illustrations are amazing and I really wish I were a child who was learning how to read because this would definitely be my new favourite book. It's about a worm and a bird who are deeply wanting for something and a kind of metaphor about how every one of us is searching for whatever makes us whole at the same time as everyone else, resulting in a lack of space and opportunities but also on untamed dreams. Of course children won't get that part but that's the beauty of reading children's book as an adult. You are never too old and you are always wiser.
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    Not so sneakily read this all in Waterstones. Don't think the illustration is really that striking to want to buy a copy for myself, and I feel as if the Fox and the Star was more well crafted in the colour decision making and also played around with how the fox looked more than how the Worm and the Bird looked. Also I have a feeling Coralie Bickford-Smith maybe reused the print of the Bird for a few pages, just for a different colour and it felt a little lazy to me and didn't really deliver any Not so sneakily read this all in Waterstones. Don't think the illustration is really that striking to want to buy a copy for myself, and I feel as if the Fox and the Star was more well crafted in the colour decision making and also played around with how the fox looked more than how the Worm and the Bird looked. Also I have a feeling Coralie Bickford-Smith maybe reused the print of the Bird for a few pages, just for a different colour and it felt a little lazy to me and didn't really deliver anything original. I am a big fan of the bronze on the hardback though.The message of this picture book of things continuing in different forms was okay, I guess. I'm not quite sure of what a child would think of this picture book, but for me, it was a bit meh.
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  • Jason
    January 1, 1970
    Nice book, well made and the pictures look amazing. The story though is no where near as good as the Fox and the Star, in fact it felt very babyish at times. Also missing are those bright orange colours, a worm just isn't bright enough to stand out. Highlight of the book those was the bird, watching and waiting for the worm, every other page featured the bird, in all weathers looking quite comical at times. That was my opinion, my daughter loved this book. If you haven't read the fox and the sta Nice book, well made and the pictures look amazing. The story though is no where near as good as the Fox and the Star, in fact it felt very babyish at times. Also missing are those bright orange colours, a worm just isn't bright enough to stand out. Highlight of the book those was the bird, watching and waiting for the worm, every other page featured the bird, in all weathers looking quite comical at times. That was my opinion, my daughter loved this book. If you haven't read the fox and the star then give that one a go.
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  • Ceri
    January 1, 1970
    Not a sequel in story, but perhaps a sequel in tone, the Worm and the Bird is the second stunning children's book by Coralie Bickford-Smith. If you were charmed by the first book, this second one will be better. If anything it surpases the first book not only in art but in the storytelling too. Poignant and layered and a little bittersweet (at least if you are an adult), it's added to by the use of metallic ink both on the cover and inside.It is beautiful.
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  • Felicia
    January 1, 1970
    Utterly gorgeous and wonderfully poignant. Not all illustrated books are for kids and this is a sublime example.
  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    Ok.... So I am a big fan of The Fox and the Star, it is a beautiful, and very sweet book, and a worthy winner of Book of the Year. Anyone who isn't aware of it needs to track down a copy of the hardback and take a look, especially as we move from autumn into winter. The Worm and the Bird is also a very attractive book, it has some lovely illustrations and is bound in the same beautiful format as Fox. It is a nice enough story too, all about finding space and living for the moment.However, there Ok.... So I am a big fan of The Fox and the Star, it is a beautiful, and very sweet book, and a worthy winner of Book of the Year. Anyone who isn't aware of it needs to track down a copy of the hardback and take a look, especially as we move from autumn into winter. The Worm and the Bird is also a very attractive book, it has some lovely illustrations and is bound in the same beautiful format as Fox. It is a nice enough story too, all about finding space and living for the moment.However, there is no escaping that this is a book about a worm. A worm wiggling through the earth. Obviously this is not such an appealing story as one about a little fox gazing up at the stars. Not only is this story all about a worm, but the worm actually comes to a sticky end, when the fabulously ominous crow who features throughout the story carries him off and eats him. This one is worth reading for the beautiful illustrations, especially for the, ever patient crow, just not such an easy book to get on with.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Another thing of beauty from Coralie Bickford-Smith. The colours were not, as befits the story, as vibrant as The Fox and the Star but the story, whilst shocking, seemed probably more straightforward yet still plenty to make you think. I'm still not sure these are 'all ages' books, not like the fabulous 'Two Frogs' by Chris Wormall, and although all the insects were gorgeous, I would have liked the head of the worm to be more accurate.
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  • Tim
    January 1, 1970
    This is a beautiful children's book but will also give a lot of pleasure to adult readers as well. The illustrations are beautiful and perfect for an autumn day. It is a message about searching and hope and finding our own way and place in the world we live in.
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  • Ludmila Marton
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful blend of design & illustrations and story.
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