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.


Margaret Sturton is a Hampshire-based 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.


[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.

Book Trust

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.


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.

BookTrust, Best Books of 2020

Other books you'll love