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Touch the Brightest Star

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,087 ratings  ·  207 reviews
A companion to the popular and acclaimed Tap the Magic Tree! In this interactive bedtime story, touch, tap, blink, whisper, and more to make magic happen in the nighttime sky, from sunset to sunrise.

What happens while you're sleeping? With lush, beautiful watercolors and cut-paper collage, Christie Matheson reveals the magic of the nighttime sky, using the same kinds of to
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Greenwillow Books
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May 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Cute but not quite as magical as I had hoped. Maybe the novelty just wore off for me since this was the third one in the series I read. My favorite is still the first we read (Seed). My son still enjoyed it though :-)
Angeline Theis
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The illustrations pair perfectly with the words on each page. I love the interactive quality of this precious bed time book. It's one of my son's favorites. ...more
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
An interactive story about what happens at bedtime.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Super cute interactive story.
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really like this one! I don't think it works for toddlers as well as Tap the Magic Tree does, but it's still a great preschool storytime choice. ...more
Chance Lee
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-it
I almost fell asleep reading it, and that's a compliment for a bedtime board book. ...more
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I use Christie Matheson's Tap the Magic Tree frequently in class visits to the library, and only recently decided to switch it up and try out Touch the Brightest Star. It's the same format, that asks the children listening to do things to create "magic" when you turn the page. The actions the children take are a little different in this one, like blinking your eyes, swiping the page to create a comet (I thought for sure that today's children would know how to swipe, but it was a little difficult ...more
Ashley Handzlik
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Summary: This is about magic and it being everywhere from sunset to sunrise everyday. It tells you about all the magic and where you can find it. This book is basically telling you that everything happens for a reason and just because you fall asleep that doesn't mean that magic in this world just stops. The magic goes on even when you are asleep. This magic is never ending and when you wake up it just all begins again.

Activity: Give the children a picture of a star and have them draw, inside th
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime-reads
This is a beautifully illustrated interactive book. Lots of touching, tapping, and swiping changes the scene from dusk - through the night - and then to the new dawn. There is even a "dot to dot" to identify the big and little dippers (like a "spoon" says the text). The text is simple and quiet, the illustrations lovely. There is a glossary in the back that explains all the things the reader found in the night sky as well as the night animals that appear. A great cuddle and read before bed book. ...more
Michele Knott
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved Tap the MagicTree. I loved seeing how these interactive books make kids enjoy reading and makes them interact with the story in a clever way. Now, there are other books that try to be interactive but fall short of their end goal. I'm glad there are these books to bring a smile to many young readers faces.
This is a beautiful bed time story. I may have found my new favorite gift book!
Love how the author included information about some of the things we see at night.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this one! Interactive stories are so much fun, but they usually get kids even more active and excited, so they aren’t a great choice for bedtime. This is an interactive bedtime story! All of the instructions are gentle and calm, and the art is soothing and relaxing. A great take on the interactive picture book concept.
Jillian Heise
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picbooks
A rhyming, interactive book good for younger readers. Beautiful.
Just like Tap the Magic Tree, Matheson has created another magical interactive picture book. I can't wait to share this in my storytime sessions this fall! ...more
Haley Shaffer
Recommendation from Workshop Survival
Melissa James
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Such a cute book that is interactive and perfect for a toddler or preschooler.
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My four year old loved being able to interact with this book, touching it where it said to, patting the deer, etc.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
An interactive book about nighttime.
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interactive and a quick read before bed for kids. Will be recommending to parents/looking for baby shower books
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
I like that it's interactive! Plus the colors are soothing. The last page color scheme is happy and leaves you on a good note. Cute book. ...more
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Of all the interactive books that popped up after Press Here, Matheson's seem to be the best. This one is particularly lovely because it's so soft and nighttimey. An excellent bedtime book. ...more
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this night time story. My tyke, not so much, but he's a little young still. It's short, and it covers the transition from day to night from a nature perspective. Say hello to fireflies and the big dipper, and good night to deer. It's a bit of an interactive book, giving the reader instructions (touch the star, rub the owls head). I wish someone would tuck me in with this bedtime story. ...more
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
Maddie, 3: I liked when we petted the owls’ heads.

The illustrations are beautiful and the actions are fun for the girls.
Jul 24, 2020 added it
Ah... I don't know how to judge! 'Mature' adult me mocks it for being trite, but young mom me, reading it with my little boys, probably would have loved it to pieces. Very short; if you have access to children or an inner child, give it (or one of the companion books) a try. ...more
Viviane Elbee
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gorgeous illustrations in this interactive bedtime book for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners.
The kids and I listened to this story at our library's "Story Time on Screen". While I think this would obviously be better experienced as the bedtime/laptime story for which it is intended, it actually did work as a read aloud in the big screen format. All of the children would reach their hands up and pretend to touch the movie screen. It was very cute! As for the book itself, I always enjoy these types of interactive books, and I know the kids do, too. This one was especially sweet, with peac ...more
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is beautiful and blissfully soothing-- perfect for bedtime. It is interactive and could help with motor skills, identifying animals and objects, or lulling a child to sleep. I even found myself yawning as I read it! I would suggest this for infants and children up to four or five years old. The pictures were made with collages of what appears to be tissue paper and, I presume, water color on water color paper. These elements are very soft-looking and, combined with the blue and purple ...more
Erin Buhr
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This gentle book is interactive, but still makes for a great bedtime story. There is no vigorous shaking or shouting in this tale. Children are encouraged to tap a deer to say goodnight, trace the dipper, whisper to the moon and more. Beautiful collage illustrations depict the sky turning to night and then back to early day. There is some bonus information at the end of the book on what makes nighttime seem so magical. 2+
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, children
I checked out this book from the library, and it is now one of my favorite bedtime books. The book tells the reader to "touch the brightest star" or "swipe across the sky," and it results in something magical on the next page. I like how it is interactive without any noises or crazy embellishments; the book simply has colorful pages with something new on each page to see. This book is especially great for preschool-aged children. ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another interactive picture book. The magic of these rely on the child being too young to understand how the book "knows" but old enough to appreciate that the book "knows". Despite the fact these have such a specific audience, I really appreciate the creative effort on all the authors' parts to make the books work. This author is no exception. Creative and beautiful, it will surely leave a feeling of wonder in its intended audience. ...more
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Reading this as the first bedtime book is ideal. We read four and the interaction element requires some energy. Beautiful colors, soft and simplistic content. For sensory kiddos needing books that aren’t too loud, this is the one. Also great for deaf children. The interaction and simplistic pages allows for parent to child communication/teaching ASL signs for what’s on the page.
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