January 14, 2021


The Boy Whose Head Was Filled with Stars: A Story about Edwin Hubble by Isabelle Marinov and Deborah Marcero is a welcome reminder that the world is much, much larger than just us.

Debut picture book author Marinov explores the life of Edwin Hubble, a boy who had to overcome many obstacles in his life in order to achieve his dream of becoming an astronomer. We read about his life from childhood on, learning about what motivates Edwin and drives him to become the best in his field. This book is slightly longer at 52 pages, and the trim size is tall and skinny, leaving plenty of space (pun intended) for illustrator Marcero to create vast night skies for readers to love. Perhaps the most precious part of this book, though, is the foil stamping of text on specific pages. Across many of the spreads is silver-stamped text, glittering like stars against the dark night sky, or waving amidst a dark sea of grass. The stamping is reserved for Edwin's inner questions, like "How many stars are in the sky?" and "How did the universe begin?". There is a wonderful illustrator note at the end (as well as an author's note) where Marcero explains many of her artistic choices and lists the media used (acrylic, watercolor, pencil, and ink). 

The Boy Whose Head Was Filled with Stars: A Story about Edwin Hubble publishes next Tuesday from Enchanted Lion Books. You can also read an interview I did many moons ago with Deborah about her illustration process here!

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