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The Star in the Forest

Helen Kellock


A beautifully atmospheric story about adventure, imagination and the bond between two siblings. Shortlisted for the Klaus Flugge Prize 2020

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Sisters Pip and Maisie are spending the weekend at their grandparent’s cottage. Maisie is restless and longs for adventure, but life at the cottage is always slow.

When a bright light suddenly falls from the sky into the forest next door, Maisie can’t believe her luck – finally an adventure has come her way! She has boots on and torch in hand before Pip has even put down her hot chocolate.

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'The book absolutely shimmers with light. The sisters, the forest, the star – all seem to glow on the page. There is a star in this beautiful book!'
Jessica Love, creator of 'Julian is a Mermaid'

'This adventure tale is sure to inspire little ones to search for their own star'
Baby London

'Highly atmospheric and magical'

'Beautiful ... a book to sit for a while with, to absorb each page'

'Simply-drawn characters highlight the stunning colour and texture in the artwork for a truly beautiful book'

'A beautiful book, the artwork is stunning and full of gorgeous colours'

'A brilliant story ... beautiful'

'A stunning book ... wonderful'

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 28.5 x 27.5 cm

Extent: 32 pp

Publication date: 6 May 2021

ISBN: 9780500652343

About the Author

Helen Kellock is an illustrator and artist based in Glasgow with a Masters in Illustration from the Glasgow School of Art. For her work on The Star in the Forest, Kellock was recognised in a number of awards including winning the 2018 Batsford Prize for Children’s Illustration, and was highly commended as part of the Macmillan Book Prize. She was also highly commended in the Penguin Random House Student Design Award 2018. Kellock was awarded Picture Hooks Illustrator of the Year in 2019.