The Star Maker’s Apprentice
Sam Hay and Xin Li
Finn’s father’s job making stars is ‘very special’ and very difficult. It seems that stars run the risk of being ‘bumped- biffed- squashed- squished‘. What’s more they get ‘frozen. Or shattered. Or blown away altogether’. Although Finn wants to help his father and share all his ‘dazzling ideas’ that would make the stars look ‘even more special’, his father isn’t ‘so sure’. He believes ‘people don’t like things that are different’. Furthermore, Finn’s father’s ‘tools are too sharp. The sparkle glue is too stick and the star machine doesn’t always do what it’s meant to’.
Yet what if Finn should take a tiny peek, and thereafter decide to add his ‘sack of stardust, -bag of brightness, and a drop of twinkle ink’ to the mixture. Could it be that if he ‘pressed the big red button’ and added his box of ‘buttons and ribbons and streamers and’… that….
Thereafter,what will The Star Maker’s Apprentice create? Will Finn’s father be proud of the special stars that Finn hangs in the sky? Might all the tools and machinery prove workable after all? It seems unlikely that they’d judder and whirr to create a great avalanche, a ‘great, sparkly wave‘ that sweeps across the sky in a wish? Doesn’t it?
The Star Maker’s Apprentice is a perfect bedtime reading choice for snuggling over, exalting in and delighting upon. Sam Hay offers such a beautiful, glowing text that is gloriously imagined by Xin Li. This title reminds us of The Girl Who Stole the Stars and picture books of wonder.