Monday, July 11, 2016

Children's Picture Book Review: The Night the Stars Went Out by Suz Hughes

I received a free temporary ecopy of this picture book from Picture Window Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: The Night the Stars Went Out
Author: Suz Hughes
Publisher: Picture Window Books
Publication Date: August 1, 2016
Pages: 33
Source: Netgalley

Alien was the star controller for the entire galaxy, which was a big job for a very little alien. One night something disastrous happens, and Alien faces the biggest problem of his life. Will Alien be able to fix the stars? With a focus on friendship and problem solving, this picture book is a treat for everyone. 

My Thoughts:
Alien's job is to keep the stars shining bright and he does a really good job at it, never taking breaks. Of course, that meant that he couldn't make friends or have fun. When the stars go out and refuse to turn back on, he searches for a way to fix the problem but learns that what he needs is on a planet called Earth. Once there he meets a boy that helps him. They quickly become friends and Alien finds out exactly what he needed to get the stars to shine again. 

This is a very cute science fiction picture book that shows how important it is to make friends. There is something about the story that I felt lacked proper explanation. A lot of what happens in this book is pretty much nonsense but I think kids will easily overlook any problems it has and really enjoy the alien character and his little adventure to Earth.

I love the bright and colorful illustrations and the slight doodle look that they have. They really bring the story to life and give it an extra pop. 

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