Monday, April 25, 2016

Review: The Night the Stars Went Out by Suz Hughes

Alien was the star controller for the entire galaxy, which was a big job for a very little alien. One night something disastrous happens, and Alien faces the biggest problem of his life. Will Alien be able to fix the stars?

Rating: 3 Stars

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a cute story. It brought to mind the plot of a Disney Pixar short, which is usually a good sign.

The art was a middling fine; there wasn't anything that blew me away about it, but it was satisfying.

The difficulty I had with the book lay with the plot. I realize that this book is meant for a young crowd, but I think that there will be more than a few kids that will spot the problems here. The biggest one: there was never any reason given for the stars going out. Secondary: there was never a real reason given for why the stars come back on beyond "the power of friendship". A simple story is great and all that, but I think resolutions that are clear would be a better way to go about telling it.

The message about not letting work being the be all and end all of your existence was a good one. The execution was a bit of a letdown. I might still recommend this book to parents with children in the recommended age group, but I'd probably warn them about the plot holes and maybe suggest that they come up with a reason to tell their kid, just in case.

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