Little Star - By Anthony DeStefano; Illustrated by Mark Elliott
First of all, this is a children's picture book, and is a Christmas story. To help review it, I drafted my kids, ages 6, 4, and 4. I'll get to their comments in a minute. Little Star retells the Christmas story (the birth of Jesus) from the point of view of the Christmas Star (aka Little Star). It was okay, but I didn't feel like it added anything new. In fact, it reminded me of the Christmas special The Little Drummer Boy; the least of these is honored for doing his best for Jesus. It's a great message, and one I appreciate being expressed to children, but I didn't think it really brought anything new. The illustrations are beautiful, though, so it's a nice book to look at. My son thought it was particularly funny that Little Star had a lock of hair on his "head".
Now, my kids really liked it. They are suckers for a good Christmas book and this one entertained them. My 6 year old, Lexi, said she "really liked it". She liked how the star shined on Christmas. My 4 year old, Cami, "really really liked it". She like seeing Little Star and baby Jesus. My other 4 year old, Griffin, liked how Little Star shined bright on Jesus.
I guess the verdict is: okay for adults, but it's target audience of children really liked it.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.