Tobia’s perspectives shift from Violet and parents, gazing through a telescope, to an aerial view of their city, to the far reaches of the solar system, the galaxy, and beyond, and back again to Violet. . . . The snack (“a sandwich, an apple, and chips”), the memorable rhyme, and the very big idea all affirm that the child is at this moment the center of the vast universe. . . . . Stellar fuel for the heart and mind and an expansive storytime choice.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
In this preschooler’s introduction to the universe, a little girl’s city-set picnic with two loving caregivers zooms from the titular blanket out to “the known universe, past comprehension,” and back. . . . As Tobia’s paintings take in the solar system and the galaxy, they retain a warm informality while also achieving a sense of awe. Between the tried-and-true narrative structure and the centering of this abundantly loved child, this must be the coziest exploration of the universe ever.
—The Horn Book
Wolf’s cumulative verse, which begins with cozy informality, turns statelier as thoughts of orbiting planets segue to consideration of our galaxy, clouds of galaxies, and the implication of possible limitlessness we can’t quite comprehend. . . exudes warmth.
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Step by step, using the rhyme, rhythm, and repeated images reminiscent of “The House That Jack Built,” the narrative returns to Violet sitting on her blanket in the park. Wolf uses the nursery rhyme’s structure effectively, sending listeners’ imaginations soaring before bringing them back to the familiar. Tobia’s pencil drawings, digitally enhanced with color and texture, create warm, inviting scenes in this mind-expanding picture book for young stargazers.
A ‘The House That Jack Built’ narrative structure gives a night of stargazing galactic dimensions in this expansive picture book. . . . Befitting Wolf’s pleasing cumulative prose, Tobia’s pencil and digital renderings offer varied perspectives. . . Circling to a conclusion, the creators jointly emphasize the mystery and majesty of the universe, encouraging wondrous space-filled bedtime musing.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)