Child of Galaxies by Blake Nuto, illustrated by Charlotte Ager. Flying Eye Books, 2020. 9781912497423
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? This is a book that tries to answer questions about why we’re here on this earth and how to find joy in everyday life. Lyrical rhyming text – I almost can imagine it set to music – explains that although we are all only specks in the universe, there is so much to love about life. I especially like how the author assumes a child will ask why bad things happen, and how to move on. He assures readers that “Because shadows will fade, but time will remain, And will be there when, Darkness is Passing.” It really offers a sweetly mindful view of life. The lovely whimsical naive-style illustrations celebrate nature and include people of many colors, abilities and creeds.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? For families who like philosophical picture books, such as Jon Muth’s Zen Shorts.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: April 30, 2020