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Ray

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This picture book has fun art and a likeable light bulb as the main character, but it fell flat a bit for me. As a mom of science-loving kids, I couldn't help but dislike the problems with reality. No, not having a sentient light bulb (I'm okay with that) but the idea that the light bulb had once been in more fun rooms over the years and transferred to a closet and that he could be put into a camping lantern for a vacation and then brought back to the closet. That's just not how light bulbs work. We don't take them out of one room after years of use and put them in another fixture. We tend to use them until they burn out, and camping lanterns use totally different kinds of light bulbs. Also, I'm not sure that taking a weekend off from your horribly dull closet life to go camping and see the sun for the first time would result in more peace and happiness when you returned to the closet.

Cute pictures, but it doesn't make a lot of sense in a lot of ways. I suspect a lot of kids would come to the same conclusions.

I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for the purpose of review.
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It's not the type of book that would keep my storytime kids engaged, but I could see it working one-on-one with an introspective child.
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Thank you NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for an advance digital copy of Ray by Marianna Coppo.  This book is adorable!  Ray, the light bulb in the closet, has days filled with darkness.  That is, until the family uses him to light the lantern on their camping trip!  Ray truly sees the world outside his storage closet and when he returns home, his days of darkness are filled with bright memories!  Such a cute story for kids 3-8.
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Ray is a cute and all around fun book for children. Our children loved reading this book together and we would all recommend it! 
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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A cute story of a light bulb who gets to go on a adventure after being stuck inside a closet. The illustrations are also as sweet as the story.
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Ray the light bulb lives his life in a closet. With humor he shows us there are worse places for a light bulb to live. An adventure begins when Ray is used as a lantern light for a family camping trip. With bold illustrations, children will enjoy the sights Ray sees for the first time. Showcasing the excitement we can all experience in every day things, this book will make children giggle while read aloud. A nice addition to any library collection.
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A sweet story that entails the adventures of a lightbulb named Ray.  I loved the illustrations and overall simplicity.  Parents could easily make this book more interactive by asking children what they see, how many items they see, etc. on different pages.  I would recommend this book for children ages 2 to 4.  

Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for providing a copy of this ARC.
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I really love the idea of a lightbulb going out and having an adventure. This is a charming, adorable little picture book. The art is lovely.
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