CHILD OF THE UNIVERSE by Ray Jayawardhana
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CHILD OF THE UNIVERSE

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A child “made up of stars” finds their place in the universe.

“The universe conspired to make you,” a father tells his child as they gaze out at the moon one night from the child’s bed. As the father goes on to wax poetic about his love, the art takes readers on an intergalactic journey. Nebulae, galaxies, planets, and stars populate breathtaking, high-contrast double-page spreads that feature the curly-haired, brown-skinned child out in the universe. One spread depicts a silhouette of the child while the text reads, “The iron in your blood, the calcium in your bones, / are made up of stars that lived long ago.” Another, wordless spread depicts the child at the center of a giant atom. Astrophysicist Jayawardhana’s picture-book debut effectively and eloquently affirms the importance of a single life amid the vastness of the universe—a small lesson under the blanket of parental love. Though framed by the child’s first-person narration, the story is primarily driven by the father’s monologue. Colón’s art, created in his signature scratched–colored pencil technique, revels in the details. The soft, cool tones of the Earth scenes provide a wow of a page turn as the colors explode with warmth in subsequent spreads. Gold foil stars speckle the cover. There’s hardly room—or need—for white space in a book this grand and glorious.

Out of this world. (author’s note, bibliography) (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: March 17th, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-5247-1754-4
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Make Me a World
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2020




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