Stardust by Jeanne Willis & Briony May Smith


Published by Nosy Crow, 2017.

Stardust is a beautiful picture book about self-belief and following your dreams. It’s a story about two sisters; the youngest sister lives in the eldest’s shadow. Compared to her older sister, who everyone think is “a star”, the youngest sibling feels insignificant. Luckily, she has a wonderful grandad who offers his unfailing love and encouragement. He helps her to understand that everyone is special in their own way, telling her that we all “shine in different ways.”


The young girl is studious and bookish and nurtures her lifelong fascination with stars and space. She grows up and becomes an astronaut. We see her in a space shuttle flying into outer space. Touchingly, pinned up inside the rocket, is a photo of her on her graduation day with her grandad.

I loved the book’s aspirational message. The young girl is ambitious. She succeeds in a male-dominated career. Stardust is a rallying cry for STEM subjects.

It’s a beautiful book – from the gorgeous cloth cover, with an iridescent title and sparkly stars, to the fabulous full-colour illustrations throughout.


I love how the book manages to both introduce the Big Bang theory and yet also deliver the more fairytale message that we are all made of stardust. Stardust is a very special book.

Rating: 💙💙💙💙💙

Suitable for children aged 3+

Thank you to Nosy Crow for sending me this book to review.


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