Review of Skywatcher, by Jamie Hogan

Skywatcher

by Jamie Hogan

Tilbury House, 2021. 36 pages.
Review written January 14, 2022, from a library book
Starred Review

Here’s a simple picture book about a kid who loves a comic book series about a space traveler named Skywatcher — but he’s never seen the stars, because he lives in a city with lights that are too bright. So he and his mother go camping in a dark place. He sees constellations he’s read about, and after the moon sets, he sees the Milky Way.

The story is simple, but the artwork makes this book extra special. The yellow lights of the city and the stars shine by contrast with the purple night.

Several constellations are shown on the endpapers, after the mother points out a few in the text of the book. The back matter includes background on some facts that came up, tells how YOU can be a Skywatcher, and lists Dark-sky preserves in the U. S. and Canada. Oh, and there’s a comic page as drawn by the main character with tips how the reader can defend the dark and not contribute to light pollution.

So besides a lovely story, there are some great resources here. I was charmed.

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