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Reviewed by Stephen Fisher for Readers' Favorite
Lily Luna's Journey to Space by Maren Beattie is a wonderfully written children's story that begins with Lily looking out her window at the stars while her ginger cat, Pollux, is lying beside her and rubbing his little black nose against her cheek. As the two of them look into each other's eyes, Lily sees her cat's beautiful green eyes as a big shiny shooting star falls through the sky. She quietly whispers, "I wish I could travel to the stars, Pollux," at that moment and then falls asleep. Then Pollux wakes her up and they are both in space suits and her bed is magically transformed into a space capsule. The two of them launch through the window and begin their journey to the stars.
Maren Beattie has created the perfect bed time story for any child that loves to wish upon a star, accompanied by some beautifully colored illustrations that really bring Lily Luna's Journey to Space to life. As the tiny space capsule soars through the stars, the author gives vivid descriptions of the various types, sizes and colors of all the planets that the space capsule passes. Then the scene changes as the space capsule comes within sight of a black hole. Lily and Pollux are being drawn into the black hole, and the light from the stars is disappearing. From beginning to the end, this book was very entertaining on all levels. I highly recommend this wonderful bedtime story. Brava! Well done!