On the Night of the Shooting Star tells the story of “Bunny and Dog who live on opposite sides of the fence”. As is the case amongst society today, these two neighbours do not communicate with each other, living their separate lives. Seasons come, seasons go, and “No one says hello. Or hi. Or let’s have a picnic today.” One beautiful starry night Bunny and Dog separately see the same shooting star; they look at each other over their fence, go back home and think, “for a long time”. Then, “two doors open”, and the rest is history: the two become “exceptional” friends.
The illustrations are lovely in soft but colourful hues, and there is a mix of single and double-page spreads, and lots of detail within. Bunny’s house and garden is messy and Dog’s neat and tidy, Bunny has “lots and lots of cocoa”, Dog has “lots and lots” of biscuits”, serving to show that though they have differences in how they live, they can share and celebrate those differences. I recommend this book. It gives a good message in a warm and subtle way.
Title: On the Night of the Shooting Star
Author: Amy Hest
Illustrator: Jenni Desmond
Publisher: Walker Books
Date of Publication: 1 September 2017
Ages: 0-5 years
Reviewer: Vickie Humphries
School: Mount Cook School