Alicia and the Light Bulb People in Star Factory 13


Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
50 Pages
Reviewed on 02/14/2018
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Christmas is only two weeks away and Alicia is bubbling with excitement in Alicia and the Light Bulb People in Star Factory 13 by Barbara Roman. Alicia has been asked by her mother to choose a lamp with a personality for her room as a special holiday gift. Alicia is curious to know how a lamp can have a personality and what exactly her mother means by that. Alicia’s mother explains to her that things come in different shapes, sizes, and colors and they give a special feeling. As Alicia’s mother walks into the furniture store, Alicia is enchanted by the Christmas tree in the center of the furniture department. Alicia stands there, staring transfixed at the star atop the tree. The sparkling tree transforms into a Golden Door and Alicia presses the button. From here, the story takes young readers on a magical trip along with Alicia.

The story introduces Alicia to different types of lights and there she meets Carelia, who invites her to Star Factory Number 13. The floor has a magical room where used light bulbs prepare themselves to be stars. The concept is absolutely magical and the lights, sparkles, and glitter capture the essence and beauty of the Christmas season. The illustrations are gorgeous and bright, and they bring out the magic of the author’s words beautifully. The story has magic, humor, and interesting life lessons that will captivate young readers. It is a good storybook for bedtime storytelling, gifting during the Christmas season, and can be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms especially during the Christmas season. However, the story is suitable for any time of the year too.