Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Book Review: Who Sees the Lighthouse by Ann Fearrington

Who Sees the Lighthouse?
Who Sees the Lighthouse?
Author: Ann Fearrington
Illustrator: Giles Laroche
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (2002)
Hardcover, $15.99, 32 pages
ISBN-10: 0399237038
ISBN-13: 978-0399237034

Who Sees the Lighthouse? starts out well with a wonderful rhyming cadence ("Swirl around, twirl around. / The narrow beam / Slices the night. / Who sees the light?") and beautiful illustrations. The book counts different things that can see the lighthouse's beams (One sailor, two pilots, three seagulls) but it seems as though the author ran out of nautical-related items by number seven (cats). The pages featuring numbers eight and nine are even more of a stretch: ghost pirates and aliens also use the light to guide them on their way.

The unrealistic departure is made more discordant by the fact that all of the beacons pictured in the book are real United States lighthouses. Cape Hatteras Light, Heceta Head Light, Split Rock Lighthouse, Pigeon Point Light and seven other lighthouses are beautifully depicted by illustrator Giles Laroche. Young children will probably be too engaged by the colorful illustrations and rhyming text to notice the implausibility of aliens and ghosts needing a lighthouse.

Rating: 6/10.

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  1. That bothers me too when writers have a few great ideas and then have a bunch of filler...

  2. So, my 3 year old LOVES this book, isn't that funny? I think the aliens are SUPER random but the pirates are his favorite part! Here's to three year old boys, right?? :)