Featured Review: Alicia and the Light Bulb People in Star Factory 13 by Barbara Roman

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About This Book:

Where do light bulbs go when they burn out? Do they stay dead forever? Or can they be regenerated to live a brand new life with a brand new purpose? If they’re lucky they go to Star Factory 13 to become glorious stars in the sky…after they pass a rigorous test of their personality given by Carelia the Light Goddess, that is. But how in the world did 10-year-old Alicia get to Star Factory 13? All she did was go shopping in Walker’s Department Store with Mother to buy a new lamp for her bedroom. Could there really have been some magic in that department store Christmas tree? Or perhaps it was the ride in the elevator with the Golden Door that did it. The elevator button said “Press Me” and Alicia willingly obliged. Up she rode to the 13th floor to find an assortment of wise-cracking light bulb people, all with distinct personalities, each coming from sad, silly or desperate circumstance, all hoping to take their rightful place in the heavens. Alicia and the Light Bulb People is an enchanting tale of friendship, courage, and realizing your star potential through the magic of believing!

 

*Review Contributed By Beth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer*

Friendship, Kindness, and Empathy

'Alicia and the Light Bulb People in Star Factory 13' by Barbara Roman, illustrated by Vladimir Cebu, is a sweet and heartwarming story about the beauty of getting to know how ideas shape our lives. When Alicia is magically transported from a department store to Star Factory 13, she begins to learn about all of the different light bulbs and their purposes in the grand scheme of life, as well as the night sky. The fact that she nor the lightbulbs can leave until they are "ready" presents the power of certainty in one's life and how moving on and having things work out just as expected is not always the norm.

Friendship, kindness, and empathy are but a few of the themes at work in Roman's story. Each idea creates a different form of motivation within the characters, and allows Alicia to summon the courage to stand up for herself and others. A tale that brings with it a healthy dose of morals and symbolism, 'Alicia and the Light Bulb People in Star Factory 13' is not your average story, and the illustrations help bring it to life all the more.

Good Points
Friendship, kindness, and empathy are but a few of the themes at work in Roman's story. Each idea creates a different form of motivation within the characters, and allows Alicia to summon the courage to stand up for herself and others.
 

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