STARDUST, by Jeanne Willis, Illustrated by Briony May Smith, Nosy Crow, Candlewick Books


One little girl dreams of being a star. But whether it’s finding Mum’s lost wedding ring or winning the fancy-dress prize, her big sister always shines brighter. Yet for her grandad she is a star and, as he dries her eyes and they both gaze up at the night sky, he tells a story, the story of the beginning of the world. Everything and everyone is made of stardust, and we all shine in different ways. It’s a lesson this little girl will never forget …and one day her dream comes true, and she finally realises her ambition to become an astronaut and fly up to the stars.

32 pages

Out September 2017


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This is a picture book approximately 9.5″ x 11″. The artwork is just gorgeous, with illustrations filling the pages. The author writes about sisters, one who excels and one who struggles to excel. There is a moral to the story that everyone is special and shines in their own way.

I suppose for siblings who fight, this book would show that each is unique and special in their own way and that they shouldn’t compete with each other and for that thought, I give the author kudos. However, where the illustrations are fantastic, the actual story is just too sweet and simple. Sibling relationships can be a bit more complicated than this and perhaps the book would have benefited more from a stronger message.

However, for a younger set of siblings, I can see this book being very effective. I love the fact that it’s the grandfather who sets things right and not the parents since most parents would be expected to reassure a child. Hearing the same message from someone other than the grandparents usually strengthens the message the parents use and causes the child to believe in the message even more.

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