Picture Book Review: Skywatcher

Skywatcher by Jamie Hogan

by Jamie Hogan
3 out of 5 stars

Tamen lives in the city, and has never seen the stars. There is too much light pollution to be able to see the night sky. Tamen’s mother takes him to the country, where he discovers the beautiful constellations and the Milky Way. He sees nocturnal animals like owls and moths, and falls in love with the beauty of the stars.

This book was really sweet and meaningful. It highlights the importance of preserving some areas of our world where there are no artificial lights, so that our connection to the stars will never be lost.

I loved the peaceful and introspective style of the writing. Tamen is such a smart little guy, and I loved his journey of discovery, not just learning about the stars, but learning about his own role in the world.

The art style is a little bit too chaotic for me. I like art that has more definition. But I can understand that the artist was trying to create a dreamy mood in the wishy-washy coloring. I did really like the use of dark and light shadows to showcase the artificial lights glaring in the city and the softer moonlight in the countryside. The art is good, but it’s not my favorite style.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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