Friday, February 18, 2011

Book Review - Little Star - By Anthony DeStefano; Illustrated by Mark Elliott

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.

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