Book Review: Stardust

Stardust by Jeanne Willis

Grateful to have won such a beautiful children's book from LibraryThing!

About The Book

One little girl dreams of being a star. But whether it's finding Mum's lost wedding ring or winning the fancy-dress prize, her big sister always shines brighter. Yet for her grandad, she is a star and, as he dries her eyes and they both gaze up at the night sky, he tells a story, the story of the beginning of the world. Everything and everyone is made of stardust, and we all shine in different ways. It's a lesson this little girl will never forget ...and one day her dream comes true, and she finally realizes her ambition to become an astronaut and fly up to the stars.

Book Illustration by Briony May Smith

Inside Flap

One little girl dreams of being a star, but whether finding Mom's lost wedding ring or winning a costume prize, her big sister always shines brighter. Then, one night, the girl gazes up at the sky with her grandfather, who tells her how everything and everyone is made of stardust, so we all shine in different ways.

With illustrations from new talent Briony May Smith and text by award-winning author Jeanne Willis, this touching story about being true to yourself is perfect for anyone who's ever felt overshadowed.


Lovely illustration from Briony May Smith

Book Review

I love this book because it is so nurturing and affirming. Brilliant writing in capturing the pure honesty of a little girl's perspective amidst family dynamics. Whether one is overshadowed by siblings or compared with others in the family tribe, the feeling of not measuring up or feeling good about oneself and their performance needs to be addressed. So, a loving Granddad overhears the cry of the little one's heart to be a star and helps her to recognize the beauty of her own special uniqueness in a beautiful and powerful way that she will never forget. The illustrations are grand, with peaceful hues and realistic scenes, along with an imaginary under-the-sea visit that is my absolute favorite. The ending is great, too!

5/5 stars! Highly recommend!!


Thank you, LibraryThing and Candlewick Press!

Happy reading!

Lady D

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

Restoration Year: Book Review

John Eldredge Restoration Year

John Eldredge is the bestselling author of Wild at Heart, a counselor, and a teacher. He is also president of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God.

Book Description

We all need to believe that our lives can be better, our relationships can be smoother, and our futures, both in this life and the next, are bright. This 365-day devotional by bestselling author John Eldredge will guide you on a year of restoration and transformation. Through following God with your whole heart, you can experience a rich, profound relationship with God and others.
Find your hope ignited and excitement for the future growth as you learn how to refuel relationships, renew your joy in living, and re-create a passion for your Creator.
This 365-day devotional is comprised of short readings that guide you on a year-long journey of restoration. Each devotion features a Bible verse, a devotion, and a closing prayer or inspiring challenge that will equip you to pursue lasting transformation in your life and relationships.
Packaged to appeal to both men and women, the devotional will cover a variety of topics, including relating to God, understanding who God really is, sustaining friendships, deepening relationships with family members, understanding the future God has planned for us, and more.
Let this year be your restoration year.
New York Times bestselling author John Eldredge offers readers a journey into lasting transformation in their relationships, their interaction with God, and their joy in life.
Restoration Year

Book Review

What gorgeous artwork on the outer covering of this beautiful hardcover devotional book! Plus, the inside layout appearance is easy to navigate through with daily readings upon each page for the entire year. The endnotes include a prayer, bibliography, books by the author, and sources by date. A ribbon bookmark is quite useful, too. What I especially like are a simple topic title at the top of each page, below that is scripture, then John's inspiring writings, and toward the bottom of the page, you'll find a prayer or a question. I find John's writings simple, yet complex at times, and I am eager to read more. The details in his word craftmanship are brilliant. He shows us our limited understanding as we ponder through our own point of view. But always John points us to God's perspective in His word. It's God's word that brings us an unquenchable hope. I think this is why this particular devotional is so special! Highly recommend Restoration Year!

5/5 stars!

I am grateful to BookLook Bloggers for the opportunity to review this beautiful book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Happy Reading!

Lady D

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis