Hopper and Wilson Fetch a Star

Maria van Lieshout. Philomel, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-399-25772-8
Stuffed animal friends Hopper the elephant and Wilson the mouse are on the move once again—this time folding a piece of newsprint into a paper airplane, rather than the boat they used in 2011’s Hopper and Wilson. They’re on the hunt for the perfect star for a night-light; once again, the conflict revolves around the pair being separated, which happens when Wilson wanders over to the dark side of the moon during a pit stop. While the plot retread is a bit disappointing, van Lieshout compensates with gorgeous celestial expanses of purple and black sprayed with tiny five-point stars, creating a real sense of wonder and awe. Ages 5–8. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 03/17/2014
Release date: 04/03/2014
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