A Way to the Stars

By David Almond

Illustrated by Gill Smith

An enchanting and heart-warming story that will make you want to reach for stars.

Joe wants to find a way to the stars. With the help of his dad, he builds a ladder, a tower, even a rocket to go up, up, up… Oh no! Crash, bang, wallop! What next? Together, the pair jump on pogo sticks and build sheds to paint their dreams and find a way. An uplifting and magical tale of sky-high courage, imagination and the bond between father and son that will make your heart soar. Written by internationally acclaimed author David Almond and brought to glorious life by award-winning illustrator Gill Smith in their first collaboration.

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 3+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781529506655
  • Published: 02 Nov 2023
  • Price: £12.99
  • Size: 280 x 210 mm
  • Pages: 32

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Customer reviews


'For a soaring story of the loving bond between parent and child, A Way to the Stars… is sheer delight.' The Guardian

'There aren’t enough books celebrating the relationship between fathers and sons, so this magical story… is a very welcome addition… Gently funny, emotionally warm, this is a reminder of how important the bond between parent and child can be.' Daily Mail

'Almond… has been producing wildly imaginative picture books for young readers for many years… A Way to the Stars is a charming story about the bond between a father and son… This is an ode to faith and familial love.' The Big Issue

'A magical and uplifting picture book that explores the bond between a father and son.' Books for Keeps

'If you want a story to show resilience, then this A Way to the Stars is the go-to book!' ReadingZone

'A Way to the Stars is a magical and uplifting tale of imagination, perseverance and connection. The narrative itself is simple and easy to follow but the true message that shines through is one that will touch all fathers who read.' ReadingZone

'I love the way in which Gill Smith’s colour palette moves from the warm autumnal hues of the opening spreads to the midnight blues of the skyscapes towards the end of the story. A truly uplifting tale of resilience.' Red Reading Hub

'Almond’s warm and imaginative story is beautifully enhanced by illustrations from Gill Smith.' The Letterpress Project

'Almond’s warm and imaginative story is beautifully enhanced by illustrations from Gill Smith.' The Letterpress Project

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