The Brightest Star

Rated 4.25 out of 5 based on 8 customer ratings
(8 customer reviews)


‘Why are some stars so big and other ones so small?’ Fox asks. ‘Maybe stars are growing,’ Dog answers. ‘When you look at a star and think of something nice, it grows.’


A warm-hearted story about giving compliments and getting them, and about the magical power of nice thoughts. For daydreamers ages 5 and up.

  • Hardcover with jacket
  • 32 pages
  • 8.75 x 11.42
  • ISBN: 9781605374192
Also available in paperback: 
ISBN 9781605374277

8 reviews for The Brightest Star

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    Mahana Richardson – Reviewer (NetGalley)

    A quick, cute story for children with stunning art about giving compliments to others and sending them good thoughts. I definitely think this has a wonderful message for the younger generation with very visually appealing art that can also entertain them at the same time.

    Overall, I’d definitely recommend this just for the message it gives to children and the reading ability is low enough for 5-year-olds.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    SUE M – Bookseller (NetGalley)

    Lovely illustrations! Sweet characters….Very positive, uplifting message. Promotes friendship, looking for the good in everything and always thinking positive thoughts..

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jennie Miller – Reviewer (NetGalley)

    I loved this story! As I was reading it, I was imagining sharing this with my 4 year old goddaughter. She would love the inventive tale and the opportunity to create her own compliments for the star. I would love to be able to lay outside in her backyard under the stars and share the story together, and then search for our own brightest star.

    I love how there is a subtle moral aspect to the story, and how lifting up and complimenting another brought the whole community together. It’s a great thing to feature, especially at this time when kids are going back to school. Compliments beget compliments and self-esteem all around.

    The illustrations were also fantastic. We will enjoy looking at all of the animals and the night sky, which is so full of possibility!

  4. Rated 4 out of 5

    SARAH Meade – Educator (NetGalley)

    This story has a sweet and unique premise and delightful illustrations. I like the theme of giving compliments. Children will enjoy reading and rereading this cute story.

  5. Rated 4 out of 5

    Cherry-Ann London – Reviewer (NetGalley)

    A quintessential little tale of two friends sharing a peaceful and quiet time looking at the night sky and all that abodes there. Simply beautiful, a caring and inspirational book for kids, that shows the worth of saying good things about and to others, and what kindness is. Its illustrations are quirky, fun and playful, a lovely bedtime story for any child.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sally Wilsey – Reviewer (NetGalley)

    I would like to compliment the illustrator of this book. They are beautifully illustrated and calming to look at. In the days of rudeness and children with no manners, it is good to see a positive book about compliments. Dog and Fox are having a good evening looking at stars. Dog tells Fox that if you compliment the star it will grow bigger. The story goes from there with the star growing bigger. I like that some of the important words are in different script. This is a warm and fuzzy book for everyone (i am a Grandma and loved it). Would make a great bedtime story. I recommend it for 3-5 yr. olds. Beginning readers could read it but would need help with some words.

  7. Rated 4 out of 5

    Byron Villas – Reviewer (NetGalley)

    The Brightest Star is just a lovely book, it’s so important for kids to treat each other kindly and understand the importance of words and how they make you feel. The illustrations compliment the story beautifully. A great book with a fantastic message.

  8. Rated 4 out of 5

    Erin Johnson – Reviewer (NetGalley)

    This pages displayed a little out of order on my kindle but I was able to figure it out. The illustrations were very cute and the message was good in essence about compliments and making people’s hearts bigger with kindness. It is a good picture book for preschool age. The message might need some additional interpretation or pointing out by adults reading the book for a child to fully understand the point.

    Thank you NetGalley for the digital ARC copy of this book.

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