A Tale of Cosmic Friendship (Haylee and Comet #1)

Deborah Marcero. Roaring Brook, $17.99 (72p) ISBN 978-1-250-77439-2
A girl and a comet develop an affectionate friendship in Marcero’s (In a Jar) gentle emerging reader, a graphic novel series starter. From the moment the child makes a wish, landing the comet on Earth, it’s clear that pale-skinned Haylee and ghost-shaped, bright yellow Comet are kindred spirits: “Are you... a friend?” each asks the other, setting the scene for the earnest lessons about companionship that continue throughout. In the second of three chapters, the two collaborate on a kit to build a “Friend Ship,” a task whose construction reveals backgrounds and similarities, and offers opportunity for clear communication. And in a third vignette, after a “three-day friend-iversary” surprise goes awry, the mix-up is transformed into a metaphorical affirmation of the pair’s relationship and mutual wish for future adventures. Innocent humor driven by Comet’s unfamiliarity with Earth abounds: “You have spots. Are you a cheetah? A chocolate chip cookie?” asks Comet upon observing Haylee’s polka-dot garb. Working with a limited palette of blues and yellows, Marcero’s delicate illustrations play with perspective and frequently feature the beauty and bigness of the world. Anything seems possible for these caring and curious best buds, with their empathic way of relating to each other and the universe. Ages 6–9. Agent: Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary. (June)
Reviewed on : 04/22/2021
Release date: 06/01/2021
Genre: Children's
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