'...Using a rich palette and flowing lines over starry, airbrushed backgrounds, Tavares places two delighted young explorers in brightly patterned garb soaring atop a celestial bear, flinging a planet like a Frisbee, waving wands or streamers and sailing over elegantly undulant landscapes...' --Kirkus Reviews
'This cheerful fantasy draws most of its energy from Brazilian artist Tavares' illustrations. They pair nearly scientific portaits of planets with two freckle-faced children who zip by them on paper airplanes, armchairs and hobby-horses...Most of Heine's text serves as a fantasy about space travel, but a multi-page afterward supplies facts about space, the solar system, planets and constellations...' --Publishers Weekly
'In bouncy rhythm, two young narrators-a boy and a girl featured in turn and sometimes together-visit several planets, constellations, and other heavenly bodies. Drawn in cartoon style and cunningly costumed for each venture, the children appear in vividly colored scenes that are rich in detail. In some settings, relevant mythological figures are sketched into the background. The set of brief poems is augmented with several pages of factual explanations of the solar system, the planets, and the sun, moon, and stars. These are particularly helpful since many of the concepts will be unfamiliar to younger children, and the combination offers a tool for introducing these topics...the bright tone of the poetry and the appealing, strong art are a happy combination.' --School Library Journal
About the Author
Theresa Heine has worked as a teacher in different countries around the world for many years. She currently works at the Quentin Blake Europe School in Berlin. As well as children s stories, Theresa writes poetry for all age groups. Theresa lives in Germany with her husband and three children. This is her second project with Barefoot Books, following Elephant Dance (1-84148-916-6). Victor Tavares is most inspired by dreams that take on new shapes as he begins the creative process. Victor started drawing and painting at the age of four, and took his first job as a designer at the age of seventeen. After working in both design and animation, Victor became a full-time illustrator. He has since created many picture books, and is the winner of several illustration awards. Victor lives in Rio de Janeiro with his wife, Renata and their son Joao. Star Seeker is his first project with Barefoot Books.