Stars! Stars! Stars!

Overview

In this lively book, award-winning author-artist Bob Barner takes readers on a ride through outer space to visit distant planets and dazzling stars. The simple rhyming text and colorful torn-paper collage illustrations make this book perfect for the very youngest readers, and the Meet the Planets and Meet the Galaxy sections, both bursting with facts, will engage older readers as well. Stars! Stars! Stars! will rocket aspiring stargazers right out of this world!

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Overview

In this lively book, award-winning author-artist Bob Barner takes readers on a ride through outer space to visit distant planets and dazzling stars. The simple rhyming text and colorful torn-paper collage illustrations make this book perfect for the very youngest readers, and the Meet the Planets and Meet the Galaxy sections, both bursting with facts, will engage older readers as well. Stars! Stars! Stars! will rocket aspiring stargazers right out of this world!

Author Biography: Bob Barner works with torn paper collage, pen, ink, watercolor and a computer. When he's not working on books he like to present his work to schools and libraries around the world. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Cathie.

Simple rhyming text describes stars and the planets of our solar system.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this poetic ode to the night sky, Barner (Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!) gives a child's awestruck account of the stars and the solar system's nine planets. Collages of cut and torn paper, saturated with deep blues and luminous yellows, suggest early evening. A silhouetted child hoists a telescope and looks up at a sprinkling of stylized five-pointed stars, while rhyming phrases dance and swirl across the pages: Shooting stars streaking tails of sparkling light The Big Dipper holding a scoop of night. The diaphanous poetry and the radiant, imprecise illustrations complement one another, but Barner stumbles in his delivery of quantitative information, which seems misplaced in this exercise. While the casual main text introduces the planets and pictures some fanciful stellar groupings (which appear to be based on the Hare, Whale and Little Fox constellations), a glossary of astronomical terms declares, There are 88 constellations in the sky and The Sun has been burning for about 5 billion years. This open-ended data interrupts the reverie without providing real substance for reflection. Barner's pleasingly illustrated volume is most appealing when it marvels at the firmament. Ages 4-8. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-The author who led children on a tour of the skeletal system in Dem Bones (Chronicle, 1996) now takes them on a similarly energetic tour of the solar system, illustrated with busy paper collages, predominantly in saturated blues and purples, through which lines of rhymed commentary undulate. As if that's not enough, he then recapitulates and expands upon previous information with three pages of random, unrhymed facts about the planets and the universe in general. As lines like "Constellations that take shape when I connect them with lines Milky Way stars shining two hundred billion times The Sun that burns with golden light Hot planet Mercury turning slowly in the night" demonstrate, Barner has no ear for rhythm. Furthermore, viewers will have to guess which of the starry shapes scattered about the spread devoted to the four outer planets is Pluto. The enthusiasm is commendable, and infectious, but for library collections, this should be considered only after more reliable (and readable) titles like Gail Gibbons's The Planets (Holiday, 1993).-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Barner (Dinosaur Bones, 2001, etc.) provides a concise, attractive introduction to stars and planets that will work well for reading aloud in preschool or early elementary classrooms or for one-on-one sharing with a young child. He uses striking paper collage in deep, vibrant tones to illustrate the simple rhyming text, beginning and ending with a young boy silhouetted in black against a deep blue sky filled with bright stars. The planets are introduced in order with short, rhyming phrases adding just a bit of information about each one. ("Stormy Mars glowing red in the vastness of space," for example.) Barner works some basic astronomical terms into his text, although the rhyme doesn't always flow along as smoothly as the stellar design that features creative type treatment and text placement wrapping around the illustrations. The final four pages include a spread with information about each planet and another titled "Meet the Universe!" with definitions of astronomical terms and simple facts. Astronomy is a vast, complex subject, and any introduction for children will necessarily be brief and even simplistic, but Barner succeeds in illuminating the basics of the field in a creative and satisfying way. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781467642965
  • Publisher: Weston Woods Studios, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Format: MP3 on CD

Meet the Author

Bob Barner was born in Arkansas, grew up in the midwest and now lives in Northern California. He graduated from The Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He has worked as an art therapist and an art director at several advertising agencies and design studios and has also assisted Al Capp with the writing and drawing for the popular comic strip "Li'l Abner." Barner works with pen and ink, watercolor, cut and torn paper as well as th

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