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Stars! stars! stars!
Barner, Bob.
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Publication Information:
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Simple rhyming text describes stars and the planets of our solar system.
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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 Notes

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

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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