Book review: On the Night of the Shooting Star, by Amy Hest, illustrated by Jenni Desmond

Hest, Amy. On the Night of the Shooting Star. Illustrated by Jenni Desmond. Candlewick Press, 2017. Unpaged. $16.99. ISBN 978-0763691547. Ages 2-5. P9 Q9

This is an enchanting tale of two neighbors with a picket fence between them who have lived in their homes for a long time. They see one another, but hadn’t ever spoken. Then one night a wonderful event happens that they share, beginning a delightful friendship. The artwork is simple yet beautiful, creating the lovely story of these two neighbors.

VERDICT: This is a tale that needs to be read and enjoyed more than once. It has lessons of friendship that will delight young and old. Highly recommended.

December 2019 review by Lynne Wright.

Book review: Albert’s Tree, by Jenni Desmond

Desmond, Jenni. Albert’s Tree. Candlewick Press, 2016. $15.99. ISBN 9780763696887. Unpaged. Ages 3-8. P7Q7

Do you have a favorite tree? Well, Albert, a bear, does, and after a long winter’s nap he can’t wait to get back to it. However, something is different. Albert’s tree is crying. This sweet story follows Albert and his forest friends as they try to cheer the tree up. When nothing works, Albert is ready to try one last idea, he hugs his tree. In the calm the hug brings, Albert gets a big surprise: it’s not the tree that is crying, it is an owl in the tree. The two become friends, which makes the tree twice as good.

VERDICT: I can see this book being used in a classroom to talk about friends, and how friends can come in all shapes and sizes.

May 2018 review by Denyse Marsh.