Thursday, 16 October 2014

Review: My Little Star by Mark Sperring and Nicola O'Byrne

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Format: Large paperback
Released: October 9th, 2014
Rating: 10/10

Amazon summary:

When the day is done and sleep draws near, When the moon's aglow and stars appear. I'll whisper something crystal clear - Words meant just for you to hear. As nighttime falls and the moon starts to shine, parents and children across the world snuggle up together. So cuddle close, because it's time for a bedtime story. 


I'm not going to lie here - My Little Star brought a tear to my eye (honestly). It's all about the bond between a parent and their child, and how much they appreciate each other as the night draws darker and the stars appear in the sky.

Various different animal species are depicted in this book, from lions and tigers to owls and penguins. It shows that everyone's the same underneath what you see on the surface, and that a mother's - or father's - love is universal, unwavering and there forever.

Mark Sperring's text is rhyming and genuinely some of the nicest I've had the pleasure of reading in a picture book. It really shows just how much children mean to their parents, no matter what happens in life or whether parents ever unexpectedly have to leave their children. It's not a sad story at all, but that's the underlying message I took away from it.

My Little Star features truly brilliant illustrations by Nicola O'Byrne, who has drawn an array of animals and backgrounds as if they were real and right in front of you. The ambience of the settings carries with it a feeling of dusk and a day drawing to a close, which is utterly perfect for bedtime reading.

I loved My Little Star and appreciated the themes and relationships within its pages. I know picture books probably don't come across as being deep and meaningful literature, but they can be as meaningful as any novel if they strike a chord, like this one did with me. I hope all the little stars out there enjoy reading this one with their mums and dads, and I hope they enjoy their quality nighttimes together.

Here's Ralfy Rabbit!

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