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Graphic Novel Review – The Worm and the Bird by Coralie Bickford-Smith

By June 8, 20198 Comments


  • 5 out 5 stars
  • Hardcover
  • 64 pages
  • Published August 31st, 2017 by Particular Books
  • ISBN1846149223 (ISBN13: 9781846149221)
  • Edition Language English


The Times’ Children’s Book of the Week, 2017
The World Illustration Awards, shortlisted, Book illustration, 2018
Nominated for The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, 2018
Communication Arts Magazine 59th Annual Illustration Competition Winner, 2018
Communication Arts Magazine 59th Annual Design Competition Winner, 2018
The Academy Of British Book Design, Shortlisted, Children’s 6-12, 2018
The British Book Design and Production Awards, Children’s Trade 9-16 Years, Highly Commended, 2018
The British Book Design and Production Awards, Graphic Novels, Highly Commended, 2018
3×3 Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, Merit in Professional Awards, 2018
3×3 Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, Honorable Mention In Picture Book Awards, 2018


From the publisher, “A beautifully illustrated picture book from the bestselling author of The Fox and the Star. 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? This is a book about searching and hoping, and how the smallest moment can be beautiful.”

My Thoughts

I am to busy to rest, I can rest later.

The Worm and the Bird
by Coralie Bickford-Smith

This book is not my standard fare for reviewing. I found myself at the library getting my usual weekly haul of books and saw this laid out on a table. It had a gorgeous, “Recommended by the Librarian” sticker on it. Usually, I enjoy children’s literature and try to read great ones to my daughter, but I steer clear of reviewing because it is not my wheelhouse. This book, however, is not just for kids because the message is this beautiful and can be enjoyed by all.

The story is told in the form of a fable. How all encounters throughout the day are beautiful and should be enjoyed. It is a lesson I often forget when I find myself running a million miles an hour. It is a lesson that many of us need to be reminded of on a daily basis and I am very grateful that this book has given me a beautiful reminder.

It is graphically stunning. The pictures seem practically backlit, and the cover has a gold foil to it that adds a level of elegance not often seen in picture books. My recommendation is to find one of these and display it on a shelf. When you are feeling lost in this fast-moving world, open it up and be reminded of the beauty of a single moment. 


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