The Stars Just Up the Street

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Candlewick Press (MA)
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8.6 X 11.2 X 0.4 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Sue Soltis is the author of the picture book Nothing Like a Puffin, illustrated by Bob Kolar. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Christine Davenier is the award-winning illustrator of many picture books, including Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn't Sit Still by Karlin Gray and The Cat With Seven Names by Tony Johnston. Christine Davenier lives in Paris.


Graceful, readable text underscores the protagonists' loving relationship. The art--watercolor washes over ink--is a sweet complement, whether portraying daylight excursions or revelers under the increasingly starry sky...It takes a village to control light pollution...gently inspirational.
--Kirkus Reviews

Davenier (Snowy Race), whose talents seem tailor-made for this material, matches the text's plainspoken momentum. Animated ink washes capture both Mabel's earnest determination and the wonder of what means so much to her: a dark night sky of deep blue and lavender, gloriously dotted with stars.
--Publishers Weekly

The narrative and dialogue flow quite naturally, and Davenier's artwork, created with fluid black line drawings and colored inks, is captivating, particularly in the final series of spreads showing the contented townsfolk gazing up at the deep blue, star-spangled sky. An inviting picture book to share with children.

Davenier's loose-lined, informal ink illustrations are friendly and literally illuminating, with pools of yellow light spilling over the streets and creeping along the eye-opening introduction for youngsters to thoughtful pushback against a big manmade change.
--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

The illustrations, done in ink, are soft and dreamy and depict the gradual progression of a sky with few stars to one covered in spectacular light. Readers will be left curious about real-life efforts to enjoy the natural beauty of the night without the interference of manufactured light. A story that inspires all ages to speak up and take action to positively affect the world around them.
--School Library Journal