Title: On the Night of the Shooting Star
Author: Amy Hest
Illustrator: Jenni Desmond
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s picture book
Book format: Paperback
Description: Bunny looks at Dog. Dog looks at Bunny. No one says hello. Or hi. But on the night of the shooting star, two doors open.
*Free copy provided by publisher for review.
Review: This is such a cute and brilliant story that it’s become one of my favourites! Bunny and Dog see each other every day, but nobody ever says Hello. That is, until one night, a very special night, both Bunny and Dog go outside to watch the stars, and when they see a shooting star, they smile at each other, could they start talking too? The book is a paperback with thick glossy pages filled with lovely colourful illustrations and text.
This is such a cute and special tale of Bunny and Dog, two neighbours who know each other, see each other, but never talk or meet. Everyday Bunny has fun, and looks over the fence at Dog. Every day Dog has fun, and looks over the fence at Bunny. But they never talk or interact. They both think the other is lonely, but it’s not until they see a shooting star together, at the same time, that they finally smile at each other, and eventually begin to talk. I don’t want to spoil the rest of the story but it’s pretty obvious what happens. Bunny and Dog are like so many people and children, they both make good friends but they never try speaking to each other. The book is a brilliant way of showing kids how easy it can be to make friends.
The illustrations are just so cute! They look like images painted in watercolours by a child. They are so fun and I love how happy and cute both Bunny and Dog look, I especially love Dog’s outfit and the cute way he sits in the chair. The illustrations have a lot of lovely details too. When we see into Bunny and Dog’s houses, there are lots of lovely extra things in the pictures, it just makes the whole story so much more vibrant and cute.
Overall I’d really recommend this book, just for how lovely the images are, but the story of friendship is a very good one too and perfect for children who might feel nervous about speaking to others. It could show some shy kids how making friends can be easy, and how they could have a lot in common with other children. And of course it’s just a lovely story to read alone too.
Do you like this book? What about the message or the pictures? What other picture books do you like? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂