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Ray

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I enjoyed this book so much.  It's different than Coppo's last novel but enjoyed it just the same.  I don't want to give away any spoilers but towards the end I got a surprise.
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If I only judged Ray by its cover, I would say it's a darling picture book that all of my elementary teacher friends need to own. The story, though, falls short. I found the main concept to be incredibly weak, the storyline strange, and the language uninspired. But Ray himself is very cute, and in the picture book community, that still goes a long way.
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Such an adorable children's book, my son and daughter both loved the fun and quirkiness of it! The illustrations are just darling.
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So, cute story, great illustrations, seriously, the illustrations are so fun and full of detail! And the story is cute, but it's confusing. Ray is a light bulb who lives in a closet, and so doesn't get to do or see much. He does have a spider friend, Tom, and has counted 41 objects in the closet- there might be more, but Ray can only count to 41. He talks about living in other rooms of the house, and this is where the confusion starts- who moves light bulbs from room to room? Is this really a thing people do? Then one day, Ray gets put into a portable lantern and taken on a camping trip. I would think portable lanterns have special bulbs, but I could be wrong. Ray's reaction to the outside world is adorable- especially when he sees the sun, the biggest light bulb in the world! After all this excitement, he gets stuck back in the boring closet- if this family likes to move light bulbs around, why not let Ray live in a different room for a while? Ray enjoys reliving his memories, though, so at least he's not bored anymore. 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4.

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This would be so fun to read one-on-one with a child! There are so many fun hidden details in these illustrations. And so many cute little smiles added to inanimate objects! The story is a little bittersweet, but lovely.
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Love. Love. Love. Imaginative. Uplifting. Funny. And full of lovely little details. An absolute winner.
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A tale of the life of a light bulb. The real draw for me was the eye-catching illustration style. Although the unique subject matter will definitely draw kids in too.
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This picture book was adorable! I personally adore light bulbs for some reason, and I'm definitely a dreamer so it was perfect for me. 
This is the story of Ray, a light bulb that lives in a closet and has seen so little that it can't even dream about anything at night. 
The story is very cute and it shows how important it is to go outside and see things. That's the only way to live during the day and to dream at night. 
The images are also very beautiful. I read a lot of picture books for work and this is exactly the kind of art I love to see in them. 
I definitely recommend it!
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I received an arc of this title from NetGalley for an honest review. Ray is a lightbulb at the end of the hallway. His life is kind of boring until he is used in a lantern and he learns about how big the dark can go on.
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Ray is the story of a lonely light bulb who leaves his closet and heads to the great outdoors!

This book is really cute.  I love the idea of a light bulb being the main character!  Animals and toys are characters we see a lot, but not light bulbs!  

The illustrator did a phenomenal job.  The images are colorful and eye catching.  They really add an extra punch to this adorable story.

Even though this isn't necessarily an underdog story, it's wonderful to see a lonely little guy get to take an exciting trip and return home with the memories of his adventure!
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This is such a sweet book showing the perspective of a light bulb. The light bulb moves from room to room but leads a pretty enclosed life. Until he is taken on a camping trip. He’s placed inside a lantern. He sees sights he’s never seen.before. This is a great book open for discussion.
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'Ray' with words and pictures by Marianna Coppo is a picture book about a lightbulb.

Ray is a lightbulb that hangs in a closet.  Most of the time, he is in the dark.  Occasionally, when the light is on, he counts the objects (41) and notices that the contents change.  It's a pretty boring life until one day when he finds himself being taken out of the closet and somewhere unusual.

I loved a previous book by this author about a rock named Petra, and Ray is in good company.  The story has a wistful, lonely quality, but never drags the readers emotions down.  The ending is just great.  So are the pictures.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Penguin Random House Canada and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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Drawings are very simplistic, appearing 2 dimensional almost like flat Playmobile family characters..  There is a rather small but adequate color palette employed. The main character is a light bulb that apprently has gotten changed from place to place, a concept that can be understood but rarely happens. Usually when a light bulb is changed it's because it doesn't work anymore or is being changed out for a different updated type. When that happens, said old lightbulb is usually disposed of. Not what happens to Ray.  He winds up seeing life from a closet and though quite comfortable with his situation, does relish the fact that he gets to see the family come and go throughout the different seasons of their life. Until he gets to go on a family camping trip, which of course he doesn't understand at all. There are some nice little language word-plays included in the text, chief among them the fact that the light bulb is named Ray.  But the lantern that Ray becomes a part of doesn't really seem to make camping sense. Setting that fact aside, Ray's observations and the revelation he makes about himself due to what he discovers is sweet.  A nice wrap up with his closet dreams being so different now that he has been out in the world.  That becomes a nice take away for the reader whose dreams can grow if they allow themselves to get  out of their range of comfortability and explore different places.
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I’m not sure if this was a technological error on my end, or if something was wrong with the file, but the pages were spliced you making it difficult to read. 

It seemed like perhaps the pages were out of order? I’m not sure. However, that bird and pieces I was able to read were great. It’s a fun, playful book that I think many will enjoy. Because of that, and despite the technical difficulties, I’m still rating this one.
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Ray by Marianna Coppo is a picturebook currently scheduled for release on May 26 2020. At the end of the hall, near the staircase, is a closet. In that closet lives Ray, who is a light bulb. Ray spends most of his time in darkness, which is pretty boring if you don't know how to fill it. So boring that Ray usually slips into a dreamless sleep. Everything changes one day when Ray is migrated into a portable lantern and taken on the trip of a lifetime. He wakes up in a much larger closet (the outside), surrounded by incredible things - too many to count! Everything is super big, and Ray has never felt so small. And in the morning, Ray makes an incredible discovery which will change his life forever.

Ray is a cute book about a lightbulb that might be a little bored in his comfort zone, but has no complaints. Being moved to a camping lantern for a short trip gives Ray the chance to see the larger world, and while it might be scary, he takes the time to look around and soak it all in. Sometimes seeing the larger world through another's eyes helps us appreciate them more,  and I think getting the chance to see the stars, the trees, and of course the sun, through Ray's eyes can help readers of all ages think about how amazing some of the things we take for granted really are. 

Ray is a lovely picturebook. It would be great for sharing anytime, but might be most impactful before camping or going somewhere new.
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Ray is a light bulb, and his life in the closet gets pretty boring, especially when it’s dark. One day, his world turns upside down when he gets taken on a camping trip. Ray is amazed at how big the world is outside his closet. 

The illustrations in this book are gorgeous; my daughter and I were both dazzled by the nighttime sky pictures. The story is fairly simple, but it shows the importance of how our perspective of life can change when we have new experiences.
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Adorable and cleverly written book about a lightbulb and how his mundane life goes from usual to unusual!
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Simple and lovely story about a lightbulb, Ray, who sees things in a new *light*. He lives in a closet, but enjoys his time there. Then one day, he feels his head being unscrewed...where is he going? He ends up in a lantern on the family camping trip and sees familiar shapes but much bigger, and there are so many items he can't even count them all.
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This is a creative, fun, and interesting book about a light bulb. Ray’s life is pretty plain as he’s moved from different rooms and then into the closet. When he’s placed in a lantern and taken on a camping trip, a whole new world opens up to him. It’s thrilling watching him view things he’s never seen before with fresh eyes. I read this via NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher.
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Ray is an average closet lightbulb. Turn him on and he sees everything his family stores in the closet. But it's the same old 41 items, every time. When the light is turned off, he becomes bored and drifts off to sleep -- a sleep without dreams. However, today is Ray's lucky day! He feels spinning as his family removes him from the closet fixture and places him in a lantern that they take on a camping trip. He encounters a number of new things on this journey, including the biggest lightbulb in the world (sun). After all these grand new experiences, he now knows that even after returning to his closet, his life will never ever be the same again. I think the point to this sweet book came through easily and youngsters will relate to the way a change in scenery can impact our thoughts and dreams. What a great story to use with children when discussing all the new things they learned and discovered on a recent trip or while having a new experience. The simple artwork was rendered in tempera, pastels and digital collage and is really sweet natured with soft colors. Thank you to Netgalley and to Tundra Books for approving an advance reader's copy so that I would provide my honest review. This book will be published tomorrow, May 26th.
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