An amazing artist that claims to have started drawing when he was two years old, David McPhail is a well known and loved illustrator/author. His water colored illustrations and use of animal characters create his signature style and both are included in this wonderfully imaginative story about a boy, a bear and a star baby from outer space. Tinker and Tom can’t sleep and while staring out at the stars spot a bright star that falls into the backyard. When they go to investigate they find a baby star inside of a spaceship. Tinker and Tom must work together to figure out a way to get Star Baby’s ship running and return the baby to its mother. I love the idea of a baby star that actually looks and acts like a real baby. Both the story and sweet illustrations evoke a warm feeling of childhood dreams and believing in the impossible.
Title: Tinker and Tom and the star baby
Author/Illustrator: David McPhail
Publisher: Little Brown and Company