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The care and feeding of a pet black hole [Book review]

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Hey ✨

How are you today? I’m staying at home because the weather is very rainy and windy in Glasgow – perfect for reading all day with a cup of tea and homemade banana bread ☕️!

The book I want to talk about today is probably one of the cutest things I’ve read in a while and I want to scream from the rooftops about it so more people can read it. Let’s start then!

The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole 🌑

Eleven-year-old Stella Rodriquez is obsessed with everything related to space. She’s so space mad that she decides to visit NASA headquarters and convince Carl Sagan to include her recording in his Golden record of sounds from Earth which are sent into open space 📡.

An emergency happens and Stella doesn’t even get the chance to go inside NASA. She has to leave empty handed but not quite so! Something small and black follows her home. It turns out it’s a baby black hole which Stella, contrary to all logic and common sense, decides to keep as a pet in her room. However, the black hole starts eating up everything in Stella’s room – old homework, ugly Christmas sweaters, smelly hamsters and … some of the memories she has from her dad who passed away recently.

I am not going to tell you anything else because I don’t want to spoil the adventure you’re going to have with Stella and her pet black hole but just know one thing – prepare to be amazed!

I loved the book so much 😍! Not only because it’s so creative and unique but also because it tackles very important problems like losing a parent and learning to cope and live with the aftermath. I can relate to Stella’s grief and feelings of being lost because I also lost my stepdad a couple of years ago and I’ve been through everything she goes through in the book (well, apart from the black hole. I wish I had one 😆). Her story is so beautifully written and the author has included many metaphors and references which I absolutely adored and spoke straight to my soul.

If you are looking for a fun, original and thought-provoking middle grade book, then definitely give this one a chance. You won’t regret it, I promise you.

Also, Fox Animation are going to make a movie based on the book and I am beyond excited! Yaaaay! 🤩

“It’s like the stars in our constellations that we made,” you said. “Even if one star dies far, far away, its light is still visible, and the constellation it helped to make remains. A thing can be gone and still be your guide.” He took my hand. “You know what I would say in any situation, what advice I would give, how much I’ll always believe in you. That belongs to you. That love. And no one can touch it, or alter it, or take it away. It will live in you your whole life. Who knows, maybe longer.” 
― Michelle CuevasThe Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole

Do you like reading books for children? If yes, which are some of your favourites?

Smiles and pandas,

Krisi ✨

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