Twinkle By Nick Bland

Twinkle by Nick Bland

Twinkle by Nick Bland


Twinkle is a gorgeous story about friendship and sacrifice. It’s another Nick Bland book and another one that needs to find its way onto your bookshelf!


Penny Pasketti (seriously, what an awesome character name!) spends a lot of time staring out her bedroom window at the stars in the sky. Then one night, one of those stars falls to the ground and the two become friends, but eventually Penny Pasketti’s friend needs to find a way to get home and Penny will do all she can to help.

Why I love it:

I love this book, because it is simply, divine! The writing is beautiful, with lines like: “…they chased the quietness away and filled the night with giggle and bounce,” and the illustrations, in true Nick Bland style are just gorgeous. Every page has detail to discover and I love going back over the pictures to search out more of the story. The narrative itself is beyond sweet and the whole book gives you and your child lots to discuss and lots to think about.

Themes to discuss with your child:

  • Loneliness versus simply ‘being alone’
  • Friendship
  • Sacrifice
  • Kindness and compassion
  • Being homesick
  • Hopefulness
  • Contentment
  • Wonder

Questions to ask your child:

Before reading:

  • What do you think this book might be about?
  • Do you think this is a fiction book (a story) or a non-fiction book (facts)?
  • What has the author/illustrator, Nick Bland, used to create the letters in the title?
  • Why do you think he has done this?
  • What is one adjective to describe how you think the girl and the star on the cover are feeling?
  • Where are they sitting?
  • At what time of day is this book set?

After reading:

  • Have a look at the expression on Penny Pasketti’s face on the first page of the book; how do you think she is feeling?
  • What is one word you think she might have said when she saw the star land in her yard?
  • Do you think Penny wanted the star to go home? What makes you think this?
  • Why did Penny help the star to get home?
  • List three ways they tried to get the star home.
  • When Penny Pasketti is standing on the rooftop and the star has just gone home, what can you see happening on all the other rooftops? What do you think this means?
  • Why do you think Penny went home with ‘a little smile’?
  • What do you think will happen tomorrow?
  • Go back through the book and look carefully at each page, how many other children can you see helping stars of their own?

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