January 19, 2018

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Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall | SLJ Review

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redstarBLACKALL, Sophie. Hello Lighthouse. illus. by Sophie Blackall. 48p. Little, Brown. Apr. 2018. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780316362382.

PreS-Gr 3 –On the highest rock of a tiny island at the edge of the world stands a lighthouse. Every day and every night, the lighthouse guides the way for passing ships, as its keeper tends to the light and writes in his guidebook. Over time, the lighthouse becomes a constant fixture in the middle of the sea as endless waves, ships, winds, whales, fish, storms, and keepers come and go. Here, Blackall tells the story of a lighthouse and its keeper, and how they both serve the sea. In the end, a machine is able to tend the light and the keeper must move on. But he will be forever connected to his lighthouse. The keeper’s own light across the bay shines back at the lighthouse, saying “hello!” Gorgeous and appealing illustrations done in Chinese ink and watercolor make readers feel as though they are inside the lighthouse along with the keeper, surrounded by the beauty and drama of the ever-changing sea. A spread full of information about lighthouses for those who seek further knowledge is appended. VERDICT A lovely picture book, recommended for all libraries. A delightful bedtime read perfect for one on one sharing.–Elizabeth Blake, Brooklyn Public Library

This review was published in the School Library Journal January 2018 issue.

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