Seb and the Sun by Jami Gigot

Seb and the Sun by Jami Gigot
Publisher: Ripple Grove Press
Genre: Children’s (0 – 6 y.o.), Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Historical
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Seb is determined to find some light for his sleepy coastal town. It is so far north, the sun does not shine in winter and the days are cold, dreary, and dark as night. So Seb embarks on a mission to find the sun. Along with his friend Walrus, he makes a plan, collects supplies, and rows far out to sea. Will Seb be able to find the sun and bring its light and warmth back to his town?

No one is ever too young to make a difference.

There was so much kindness embedded in Seb’s community. Some of my favorite scenes were the ones that showed how nicely everyone looked after each other during the long, cold, dark days of winter in the far north. It was such a safe and close-knit town that a kid could wander around asking for all sorts of things before his journey began without anyone giving it a second thought. I was delighted by the warm and cozy atmosphere this created for me as a reader.

While I definitely wouldn’t expect a fantasy story to answer every single question I had, I would have preferred to see a little more world building here. For example, I kept wondering how Seb knew where to find the sun or what he was planning to do if or when he found it. Including a few more details about this sort of thing would have encouraged me to give this a full five-star rating.

I appreciated how subtle the fantasy elements of the plot were in many places. They could have been interpreted in multiple ways, including ones that didn’t require the use of magic at all. This meant that the darkness that enveloped Seb’s town could also be seen as a metaphor for any number of possibly scary or unsettling things a kid might be dealing with. I always love it when picture books can pull something like that off.

Seb and the Sun was a magical read that I’d recommend to adults and kids alike.

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