The Star in the Forest


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


ISBN: 9780500651902 Categories: ,

Helen Kellock


One Saturday evening, sisters Pip and Maisie are sitting in the warm snug of their grandparent’s cottage on the edge of a forest in Scotland. 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.

Maisie is desperate to discover the special something as quickly as she can. As the two sisters journey through the dark forest towards the gradually receding light, her imagination runs riot – perhaps it’s space treasure, gold dust, or maybe even a creature from outer space! Pip, meanwhile, takes in the dark shapes and strange sounds around her, tentatively adjusting to the forest and its wild inhabitants. When Maisie finally reaches the source of the light, she is bitterly disappointed – the special something is no more than a lump of rock. But thanks to Pip’s careful observations, they realize it is in fact a star!

Highly atmospheric and magical in quality, this delightful debut picture book is sure to enchant children and parents alike.

Additional information

Weight 600 g
Dimensions 29.2 x 28.3 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 26 September 2019
Number of pages 32
Format Hardback
Dimensions 29.2 x 28.3 cm
Weight 600 g


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Helen Kellock is an illustrator and artist based in Glasgow with a Masters in Illustration from the Glasgow School of Art. Her sample artwork for The Star in the Forest won the Batsford Prize for Children's Illustration 2018 and was highly commended for the Macmillan Book Prize. She was also highly commended in the Penguin Random House Student Design Award 2018. This is her first picture book.