Hesson: Reviews of children’s books on April 2

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By Alan Lightman and Olga Pastuchiv, illustrated by Susanna Chapman

(MIT Children’s Press)

Ada loves stargazing, and when she visits her grandparents’ home in Maine, she can’t wait to see the night sky. While waiting for darkness, she explores the wonders of the coast. Poobah explains the galaxies to her and when the fog lifts, she can finally see the stars. Readers will have the chance to see stunning photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope transformed into expressive art. A great way to introduce children to the wonders of the solar system.

It fell from the sky

By the fan brothers

(Simon & Schuster)

In the small world of insects, a colored marble is a great and wonderful find. Each creature has ideas about its origin. Spider claims it as her own after building her web around her. He sells tickets to anyone who wants to see this marvel, but soon his gluttony takes over and he finds himself alone. Each page takes readers on a whimsical journey told among beautiful black and white illustrations, with a splash of color.

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Paws: Gabby pulls herself together

By Michele Assarasakorn and Nathan Fairbairn

(Penguin Random House Canada)

Filled with fun, brightly illustrated illustrations, this graphic novel follows the story of three friends who set out to start a dog walking business. Although the girls have very different personalities and family backgrounds, their shared love of dogs gives them the genius idea. After conflicts in personal life and fading responsibilities, they learn that running a business is hard work and requires everyone’s commitment. This entertaining book shows readers that with teamwork, compromise and loyal friendship, anything can be accomplished.


By John Cho with Sarah Suk

(Little, Brown and company)

Jordan’s parents left Korea for America in hopes of a better family life. Set at the time of Rodney King’s trial, their town is in turmoil. The situation is further aggravated by the murder of a young black girl by a Korean store owner. Jordan is failing in school and in life at every turn. Anxious to prove himself to his father, he embarks on a perilous journey. This novel will have readers on the edge of their seats as Jordan navigates racism and struggles with morality while dealing with emotions he didn’t know he had.

Alycia R. Lindley